If you find something out – something you believe someone you care about has a ‘right to know’ – is it ever better not to tell? If you hear or see something you shouldn’t have, would you look upon it as your duty to enlighten whoever is being deceived, misled or lied to? Is it ever preferable for someone to be kept in the dark?
And what do you worry more about – the impact on the person you care about, of the news you’re considering breaking to them, or what they will think of you when you tell them? Or perhaps even, what they will think of you if they find out later and realise you knew but didn’t tell them?
I’m being deliberately vague here – I don’t want to tell you why I’m asking or give you any specific scenarios, because I’d like to know how you interpret these questions and what colour and shade you bring to your responses. It would be great to open up a debate on the question of secrets and lies, and whether ‘to tell, or not to tell’ in the comments.
I have readers of all faiths, and no faith, and from all parts of the world. Presumably that means a multiplicity of perspectives – and that could be interesting.
So are you up for it?