Children are too immature and unwise to be more honest, and less hypocritical than grown-ups. Although children have the ability to tell the truth, they don’t have the proper tools to express themselves. For example, a child would say the truth to an individual whose day is going horribly. The truth would be that the person’s clothes are dirty, but the person just came from a hard day of work and his or her boss was aggressive with feedback on their clothes as well. In addition to the boss, the child’s truth will only add on more negative stress. Therefore, the child does not have enough experience to consider timing.
In many cases, children are viewed as immature truth tellers. However, there are certain tools that need to be utilized when telling the truth. In the story "The Emperor's New Clothes" by Jean Hersholt says the following: "But he hasn't got anything on," a little child said. "Did you ever hear such innocent prattle?" said its father. And one person whispered to another what the child had said, "He hasn't anything on. A child says he hasn't anything on." "But he hasn't got anything on!" the whole town cried out at last.” Even though the child was telling the truth, the child did not consider timing, diction, or projection. The child should have picked a time when the Emperor was available to speak on the issue amongst them instead of announcing it to everyone. Therefore, the child embarrassed the emperor because he was unaware on how to tell the truth and when to tell the truth.
Children lack experience in communication to be considered effective at telling the truth. However, telling the truth is more than spontaneously and directly saying what's on your mind, it involves how to say the truth and when to say it. According to “Chesterfield's Letters to His Son” by Lord Chesterfield the manners and morals of a fine gentleman is something an individual must develop. In Chesterfield’s letter he says “The art of pleasing is a very necessary one to...
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