I wonder what the world would look like, or feel like, if we all said what we were thinking. It would be even more interesting or dangerous if we acted on even half of those thoughts. Any reaction to this at all demonstrates how far away we are from goodness and purity. Maybe your reaction was self-convicting, or maybe it was judging how others might behave.

Societies have ways of slowing down thoughts and reactions so that the world doesn’t fly apart completely due to a lack of self-control. This is the role that manners, formalities, and language plays. It is also why attitudes of forgiveness, gratitude, and patience are so important for cultures to function well.

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