Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

Candour versus Truthfulness

Candour is a conversational technique, which is not at all the same thing as truthfulness… You can go back to school to learn about woodwork, or German, or those new skills of enforced idleness: Self-Presentation, Facing Unemployment, Effective Reading. You may even be able to learn the tactful vocabulary of sexual equality. But, a dangerously portentous and gloomy voice seems to argue, even if there is anything really amiss with these pleasant and anxious young men, aggressive in their humility and deceitful in their candour, it takes more than a spasm of renunciation to excise a past.
Martyn Harris, Odd Man Out page 123

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