We intend Candidness as the Latin ‘puritas’.
Being candid is in no way like being ‘naif’. CANDIDNESS is the quality of a soul which takes good care of itself, striving to be sincere, honest and open. At the same time, candid people should always be acquainted with their purity and freshness. Otherwise it could be difficult for them to consciously measure the consequences of their actions. Moreover, the lack of awareness would produce a slipping out of candour towards naivety.
Again, naivety is different from CANDIDNESS. And the difference, in naivety, is almost entirely in the lack of familiarity with one’s own attitude and behaviour. For instance, one might like to talk openly with strangers. However, candid people would always understand and measure the risks of revealing sensible details about themselves. On the contrary, naif people could easily talk too much of their current accounts and estate properties.
This beautiful property of candour might scare many candid people. This is so because candidness usually comes with a price to pay. For instance, nasty people always try to deceive the candids, unscrupulously taking advantage of them. But CANDIDNESS could also cause uneasiness to the others, in particular because candid people are outspoken and very direct. For example, candour is very far from hypocrisy, pretence, pietism and other forms of circling around the truth.
Due to all these reasons, it is important to handle CANDIDNESS with CARE. All efforts should diligently prevent candour from troubling the subject himself and his interlocutors as well.
This is Sokratiko’s way to interpret the notion of CANDIDNESS. Please continue to browse our list of philosophical TOPICS by clicking on the other entries of our list.