When I was young, I often used 'truth' as an excuse for cruelty. As I got older I realized that a truth told with malicious intent can be as wrong and as harmful as any lie and the pendulum swung too far in the direction of withholding unpleasant truths. I am beginning to consider moving more the other way again, but we shall see. There is a time and a place. Some people are not worth telling the truth to. Sometimes you need to be aware of how close someone is to the edge and be careful not to kick them while they are down just because what you need to say is true. Life is not simple.