A pithy Elder Maxwell quote

Neglect of vital data, use of partial truths, plus “looking beyond the mark,” can cruelly combine to blunt perspective and create, as it were, public relations problems.
Meek and Lowly (Deseret Book Co., 1987), 110.

Lying, misrepresenting the situation, or presenting incomplete data to those who know better is one of the fastest ways to alienate an audience. They will not–and, perhaps, should not–forget, and only repentance and restitution can hope to restore trust.

Even unintentional errors erode such relationships–after all, one thinks, if they cannot be bothered or trusted to state facts which I know correctly, why should I credit what is said about matters regarding which I am ignorant? Better ignorant than misinformed.

It is interesting how one’s own impure desires or tendencies (e.g., ‘looking beyond the mark’) can actually blind us. Thus, while we do not intend to be blinded (at least not consciously) we make choices which, in effect, acquiesce in our own self-deception. We may be more responsible for such things than we would like to admit.

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