The Secrets We Keep
“We all have secrets; we live and breathe them every day. We may not know what one another's secrets are, but we know they're there.” This quote is from the famous author Gail Saltz, M.D of the book Anatomy of a Secret Life: The Psychology of Living a Lie. Everyone is known to have a private side, which they may reveal to few, if any. According to Merriam Dictionary a secret is defined as “something that is kept hidden or concealed.” On the other hand, the Merriam Dictionary states a secret is “something kept from the knowledge of others or shared only confidentially with a few.” Both definitions state that secrets are supposed to be hidden or concealed, meaning nobody should know anything about the secret. The Merriam Dictionary defines secrets to be shared by a few, because it’s human nature to tell the ones we are close to the exciting moments that are happening in our lives. It’s no secret that all of us have secrets, so why do we keep secrets? It’s in our society to keep secrets from others; we like to hide or conceal those little details from others, because we've deemed them irrelevant. I don’t know where the start of secrets formed but it seems like people have kept secrets since the beginning of time. In Biblical times Adam and Eve, the first man and woman on earth, tried to hide that they didn’t obey God’s rules about eating from the forbidden tree. This is where original sin was created, meaning that no human is born perfect. Even the first people on this earth tried to keep a secret or rather a lie, because they knew what they did was wrong. They wanted to please God, and they knew disobeying his rule would make him discontent. Our own founding fathers had secrets, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison wrote secret journal entries based on their own ideas of how America should become as a country. They didn’t want to reveal themselves to the public because they didn’t want to be put to shame for putting out their own...
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