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One of the central themes in the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is about the permanent damage from the results of keeping secrets. Eventually, all of the secrets come out in the open, but those secrets that stay hidden for the longest time are the most damaging ones. The main secret in the book is the secret that Hassan was Amir’s brother. This secret destroyed Amir’s life, and because of this secret, he lived with guilt for decades. Truthfulness is the greatest and most prominent of all human virtues. Truthfulness means to always speak the truth habitually, no matter how bad the circumstances. A truthful person will never tell a lie, he is reliable. Truthfulness is essential in building character. Nobody will love a person who has an evil character. Someone who is truthful is a responsible person and will be trusted with meaningful work. An honest person knows that at times telling the truth is hurtful to others. For example, if Tommy finds out that Bob is cheating on Juliet. Tommy being a truthful person will tell Juliet even though if it will destroy the friendship between Tommy and Bob. A truthful man has a keen mind. He is never ready to suffer by speaking the truth. So his mind is free from the anxiety that continually troubles a liar. A truthful person can live a peaceful life knowing that the truth has been spoken. In the book, Baba states, “There is only one sin. And that is theft… when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.” Everyone hates a liar. Nobody will believe a liar. A liar conceals the truth from the outside world, and although a liar may gain success for a short time. In the long run he is bound to suffer. Nobody will help a liar. A liar will not be trusted with urgent business. He doesn’t get any responsible work. A liar will continuously live in fear that the truth will eventually surface. A liar lives his life in fear. We all know the story of the shepherd boy. He used to tell a lie. As a result he met his death for it. Although, this is a really extreme example. It doesn’t disprove the importance of truth. Telling the truth is and telling a lie plays a significant role in the book The Kite Runner. Baba kept a massive secret from Amir, and that lie destroyed the life of Amir. He lived in constant guilt and sadness.
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