BoJo and the Truth

[Warning: this post is about politics. If that’s not your thing, please ignore this post. If you choose to respond, please be civil and be careful about any assumptions you make about me or my beliefs.]

Generally, I think of myself as a left-leaning liberal. But I don’t tie my loyalty to any political party. Rather, I’m interested only in good ideas. So, some of my political views could be characterised as Conservative.

I guess I’m like roughly 80% of the population: moderate, centrist, and kinda disgusted by the extremes of both the far right and the far left.

I’ll be brave and publicly declare: I really like Boris Johnson (BoJo).

He is very clever, doesn’t take himself too seriously, and has some serious balls on him.

What I don’t like about Boris Johnson

The thing which really grates on me about Boris is his total disregard for the Truth. To him, the Truth is optional. What matters to Boris is how effectively he can spin a narrative in order to manipulate his fellow MPs and the public.

To a certain extent, I can’t fault Boris for being this way – after all, these skills make him a highly competent politician.

Call me old-fashioned, but there is great power in Truth. We disregard it at our peril. When we lie, it corrupts the fabric of our being, often in ways we don’t notice.

Lying is also disrespectful. It assumes we’re clever enough to fool others. Sometimes that may be true, but certainly not all the time. Sooner or later, liars develop a reputation for lying. And when they lose everyone’s trust, it’s game over.

My Hopes

Jordan Peterson has proved to me, beyond any doubt, that the best path is to tell the Truth (or at least don’t lie). I believe it’s perfectly possible to be both truthful and successful in politics, especially for someone as intelligent as Boris.

Maybe Boris isn’t ever going to be that person. Maybe he’ll always play with the truth like it’s some child’s game.

But I do hope that at some point in the near future, Great Britain gets a Prime Minister who has all the positive attributes of Boris, plus an unwavering dedication to the Truth.

That’s what a true leader would look like.

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