The truth is a roadmap to positivity.

I’m not inherently a positive person. I’m definitely not the most honest person either. And while that seems to contradict everything Glass Duffle is about, let’s keep in mind that I often refer to it as a practice in positivity and transparency, not the definitive rulebook. Yeah that’s right, we’re talkin’ about practice.

Like anything in life, being an honest and positive person takes practice. Especially when you consider that lying is likely a developmental milestone. The good news: you can practice them both at the same time. Efficiency! I’m all about it.

Positivity and transparency are very closely related. Think about how the two are often at odds with one another: telling the truth can be a painful thing for all parties involved while telling a lie can maintain a façade of happiness, if only temporarily.

How can you be brutally honest and still be a positive energy that others are drawn to? Is it even possible?

Sure it is! And maybe obviously so.

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How Transparency Precedes Positivity, the Zoo Example

The other night a few friends (including one Miklos Battags) and I went out for drinks in Columbus, OH and to mingle during my current road trip across the country. I don’t remember exactly how it came up, but suddenly we were talking about elephants and the zoo and my voice had more than a little bass in it.

“Fuck zoos!” I said, before and after I offered my reasons.

“I thought Glass Duffle was about positivity!” They said.

And so it is. Yes, hearing that zoos are shitty places for life to be kept can hurt if someone just went to one, loves them or is affiliated. Hearing anything that goes against what you believe in can be painful in general.

But in my 24 years (more specifically, the past several months), I’ve learned a valuable life-tidbit: transparency ALWAYS precedes positivity. Positivity is not something the world we’ve created naturally gives us. At least not to me. Our world can be a heavy place, full of hate, deception and violence… altogether unfulfilling things. It’s no wonder people feel empty.

Positivity comes from discovering life’s truths, the things that we can believe in, act on and live for. The truth is a roadmap to real happiness.

Only with the truth can we unlock the full potential for good on Earth, our only planet. The truth does indeed set us free, even though it generally sucks. For example, reading about the horrors at zoos here and zoos abroad definitely doesn’t make me feel good. I don’t like doing it. At all. But it takes an understanding of the truth in order to manifest our greatest potential and I crave that for you, for myself, for all of us.

How can you positively impact anything, whether it be zoos or otherwise, without first acknowledging its’ truths?

I’m not yet a wholly transparent person myself… but with some practice, I’m positive I’ll pick it up. Or I’ll die trying.

How do you perceive the relationship between positivity and transparency? Is it simple to balance the two or do you agree that they are generally at odds with one another? Let us know in the comments!

Author: Eric White

Eric graduated Ohio University in 2012 with a degree in Advertising and immediately went out to San Diego, California to start not using his degree. At the start of 2013, Eric quit his job, let his lease run out and started backpacking North America. Eric has worked with Amtrak, Crowdtap, HootSuite and others, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA... when not on the road.

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