Some years ago, Sissela Bok, a moral philosopher, wrote a book entitled Lying in which she explores the ways in which people struggle to be truthful in their private and public lives, especially in circumstances that tempt us to lie or, at the very least, shade the truth -- sometimes for self-serving purposes and sometimes for what appear to be more magnanimous goals. For many, truth telling is a lifelong challenge. And as we hear from a very wise 13-year-old, Bea Hruska, our lifelong instincts are often sown in childhood.
Bea Hruska recently completed the 7th grade at the Gordon School in East Providence. She lives with her family in Providence.