A society that is just and fair must be built on the truth. Because only by telling the truth can justice be served, witnesses are required to swear in court to disclose “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” The majority of contemporary religions have something to say about the subject as well, and it is evident that they place a high value on the idea of sincerity. Being honest has two components: being honest with oneself and being honest with others. Although they are closely related, the two are not quite the same thing. Shakespeare, for instance, argued that it was unlikely for someone who was true to themselves to be untrue to others. Giving no information at all or giving false information are the two ways to not be truthful. First off, not everything needs to be disclosed to everyone. Even if it is true, excessive sharing of personal information is not acceptable. You must take into account the context and whether or not the audience needs or wants to know. It is sometimes preferable to remain silent. You must also be able to keep quiet if someone confides in you and asks you not to discuss their information with anyone else. Okay, perhaps in the dressing room, before “this” is purchased. But perhaps not. The individual who is telling the truth will give that question some serious thought. Truthfulness is crucial, but so is being kind to other people. Truthfulness and tact must coexist since the alternative could make the truth offensive to those who hear it. And take a look at a government agent. For the benefit of the larger good, they might have to tell lies or act otherwise. However, if they value the larger good, they might still be loyal to themselves.