The art of being candid

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A TV grab of the interview broadcasted on BBC World on 26 September.

By Rizana S Jahan

Honesty is the best policy but is it really? Are honest people the most successful people in this world or they’re shunned for being ?honest??

People say, be honest, be yourself, because that is the way to succeed. Tell this to teenagers and they would look back at you with rolling eyes, may talk behind your back or even give you some ugly glares. If you are lucky enough, they might have some sympathy for your views. The reason – teenagers feel that being honest can get you into trouble.

Honesty has gotten people killed but some have gotten riches. If we take the example of Salem witch trials in the 1600?s, hundreds of men and women were burned alive as they were HONEST. Honest about themselves and their so called gifts. Well, their honesty didn?t get them far except to an altar to be burned.

So is honesty still the best policy? According to Alessio Rastani, an independent trader, being honest is a way of life. His honesty was mind blowing during an interview with BBC. Moreover, it was jaw dropping.

He starting by saying that the markets are ?toast? while adding that the stock markets being ‘finished’, and ‘basically it is not going to work!’. He also claimed that he goes to bed every night dreaming of another recession. His argument justifying the statement was about how many people earned millions during the recession in the 1930?s. He goes on to say that anyone can make money, not only the elite.

According to a colleague of mine, this is not actually rocket science. Anyone can make money if they expect a recession, so this is actually not the ?dirty truth.? So how come many people are not so candid in their opinions and views?

Rastani was outspoken while explaining his intentions. His wants to make money, a desire shared by millions of people around the world. However, the statement which many people took notice of was that the governments don?t ?matter, but the money makers do. ?Goldman Sachs rules the world not the governments,? a blunt Rastani told the BBC anchorperson. This was officially the jaw dropper at the BBC studios. But is this really a surprise?

Back in March, Barclays gave the treasury a veiled threat. It made clear to the Bank of England that if the government insists on forcing UK banks to split their high street retail operation from their investment work, then it could move its headquarters out of London to the United States. This is a further proof that countries are ruled by ?money makers? who can force their decisions on any ‘elected’ government.

Interesting things actually happened after the interview was over. The clip obviously went viral. The first thing that came into people’s mind was whether Rastani delusional or honest while he spoke to the media.

Furthermore, some news agencies even claimed his interview was an elaborate hoax masterminded by the Yes Men pranksters. His blog, Twitter account, interview with Forbes and even the BBC interview point to the fact that he is who he claims to be. However, Reuters went to the extent of analysing the current video with a video of the actual Yes Men hoaxer Jude Finisterra. The conclusion was that the voice and the resemblance to be the same. So is it possible that an independent trader could also be a member of some shady group? The Yes Men, in their statement, insisted Alessio Rastani is not a member of their organisation.

Alessio Rastani may not be an expert, an attention monger, a hoaxer or chancer. Whatever it may be, he went on international television and spoke his mind and came up with the truth. Throughout his five minutes interview, he was being candid and forthright, it was for his own benefit, agreed. But at least he was honest.

No one seems to be having a problem with WHAT was being said but WHO said it. Maybe if it was someone else, people might have been more forthcoming.

How many of us are willing to speak their mind? And to be honest and candid? We are living in a society of conformation. We have to conform to practically everything to either fit in or to lead a happy life. So when somebody like Rastani is being honest, somehow we need to find excuses to undermine integrity so that we can sleep peacefully at night.

Being candid and honest is not rocket science. Accepting those who are sure seems to be a practice out of this world.

The views expressed in this article are the author?s own and do not necessarily reflect Arabian Gazette?s editorial policy.

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