Self-denial and dishonesty are dangerous because it prohibits us from truly understanding ourselves. Specifically, it jades and lessens the true gravity and extent of our flaws and weaknesses, with the consequence that we cannot see reality how it really is. But reality can only be changed when there is absolute understanding of oneself. And the nature of this understanding is what awakens a corresponding energy for permanent change. So the strength and clarity of our desire for change will always be equivalent to the degree of our self-recognition. Ergo, self-denial and dishonesty of the tendencies and weaknesses in ourselves are the perfect murder weapons of genuine progress and growth.
Honesty is the light of clarity that directs and enables the sword of the volition to accurately pinpoint and strike the real target. Thus the greatest weapon of all darkness is self-deception and dishonesty. Why? It hides the real enemy and misdirects the sword of the volition.
That is why a transparent honesty is always the first and highest characteristic exhibited by anyone truly growing. For only through honesty can a person even learn to love themselves and others. Never before. Honesty is the gateway to purity, gateway to love, gateway to everything good. Honesty is truly the startingpoint of all ascent.
~Ikenna Q Ezealah