Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Maturity + Honesty = Intimacy

Caged and unable to achieve intimacy

"Honesty is a form of intimacy that reflects maturity." 

My observation is that people are increasingly willing--and better able--to be deeply honest with themselves and others as they mature. 

When I was younger, I found it difficult to be honest about painful subjects. Today, I understand that joy and pain are two sides of the same coin. Time is short. People my age appreciate the intimacy of the honest truth, even if it hurts. 

Afraid and unwilling to achieve intimacy

No, I am NOT suggesting that honesty is an excuse for rude or uncivil behavior. I do not advocate brutal honesty. The kind of intimacy I am interested in follows from maturity of experience and empathy, and honesty of openness and vulnerability.

Immature and unlikely to achieve intimacy

I guess I am just trying to justify getting older... LOL