Honesty vs. Positivity
I wrote an op-ed for a small newspaper recently, a blunt assessment of an ongoing local issue that affects everyone and has the potential to cause harm to innocent people and animals. Not expecting anything to change, my intention was simply to get my thoughts off my chest. My first submission, which included a few words like "moron", "cretin" and "idiot" (what can I say- it was my opinion, and I was fuming), may have been a little rough around the edges, but the editor helped me pare it down and clean it up so it could be published. I was fine with that, but he'd also said something that hasn't been sitting well with me since then. After reading my first draft he'd emailed me that he was the editor of a "positive" paper, and only accepted such pieces for publication. Opinions are, well, personal opinions. I understand some of my word choices may have been a little crass and I was fine with making those changes, but this whole "positive" thing has had my undies in a bunch. Sure, as the editor it's his right to accept or not accept, but I feel as though one cannot be honest in their opinion if they want to submit, well, their opinion. Yes, I know that in these times, especially, positive is a good thing, but honesty should come first, and if you have to be careful not to let your honesty be a downer then are you really being honest?
Just my thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend.