Sunday, August 16, 2020


There is a lot of talk about discomfort. We hear about how it's uncomfortable to talk about race, to help people find new jobs or to be helped in finding a new job. The list goes on. The statements that people make about how things are, or even should be, uncomfortable tend to track back to the idea that "the truth hurts." And that's fair enough.

But there is a need to avoid falling into the trap of making discomfort the point. The truth might hurt, but that's different than saying that all things that hurt are true, or that the more uncomfortable a conversation makes someone, the more authentic or helpful it is.

But discomfort is neither a means nor and an end. It's merely a place that is passed through. That place may be necessary, but it's not the destination.

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