We have all withnessed someone who disclosed an important sensitive message without compassion and it was just a brutal and blunt.
The virtue that comes along with being transparent is only a virtuous thing to do when it is done through good intention and in good taste.
Your Intention is felt with the words you choose and the way you present what you are saying.
The truth can be morally correct to tell someone or it can be evil and hurtful. The difference will be felt in your delivery which will always reveal the reasons why you felt the truth should be told.
Telling the truth is not what makes someone respectable. The truth is the truth and telling it flat does not carry respect by default.
The when, where, how, why and the way it is done- it all matters.
Compassion and virtue can only be claimed as the purpose for telling the truth when you deliver it with empathy.
When you deliver a message that will hurt someone or disrupt something and you don’t go about it empathetically then you are just weaponizing the truth and you are kidding yourself if you do that and call yourself moral.
And some people even blurt out things on purpose to inflict pain.
Either way it’s wrong to do it without compassion and everybody will know it’s wrong because of the way it was done.
If you use the truth as an excuse to hurt somebody else be it personal or business because your feelings got hurt along your path and you decide to use that as an excuse to be compassionless- that’s called revenge.
It is reckless and inappropriate and it will end up hurting people.
That makes the truth behind the intent worse than a lier who lies for the sake of compassion.
If you ever chose to not take special care when delivering important messages you can’t expect your message to be respected.
There are consequences to everything.
Even (and especially) when telling the truth.