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Truthfulness is a admirable core value

“Being truthful goes beyond simply not telling lies. It means speaking truthfully and honestly, yes. But it also means using speech to benefit others, and not to use it to benefit only ourselves. Speech rooted in the Three Poisons — hate, greed, and ignorance — is false speech”

Fourth Buddhist Precept: Truthfulness

Be mindful of such causes leading to circumstances for not to speak truthfully and honestly:
1. Fear of judgment
2. Fear to justification

/these derived from negative thoughts of others and selfish to speak to benefit only ourselves.
Always speak the truth is a admirable core value. It gains trust & respect to be the man of his words.
Lies will accumulate to force a good man to continuously lies to mend secrets.
The only way out is to straighten each unpleasant situations to void more secrets.