Wednesday, April 29, 2015


by Mr. Mean-Spirited

There is no such thing as a sin of omission. Holding something back is not a lie. Keeping stuff to yourself is not perjury – it’s just being prudent. An untruth is a calculated falsification – while merely leaving stuff out does not counterfeit anything. A lie is saying something deliberately fake, but a gentleman who keeps his mouth closed about certain things says no falsehood whatsoever. An unanswered question could mean many things, but it is never dishonest.  

A vigilant individual is always cagey with specifics. Like a police investigator failing to release a few critical details about a crime, a discrete man doesn’t reveal everything. Undisclosed information gives you an advantage over the listener.

Having secrets is far, far different from being a faker. An individual that keeps some things hidden is not a fabricator. Only the man who remains silent can never be accused of fraud.

A man who doesn’t talk about certain things has a true ethical foundation. A man who doesn’t mention certain areas of his past has real moral principles. A gentleman doesn’t tell tales out of school, no matter who might be asking.

A judicious human being does out facts on a need-to-know basis. A reputation for always telling the whole truth is the mark of an inferior mind. Keeping your mouth closed is the clearest sign of superior character.


  1. Nemo tenetur seipsum accusare.

    1. “No man is bound to accuse himself'” – or as we call it: “taking the Fifth.”