Charles Dickens wrote, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
We are fascinated by secrets, rumors and gossip.
I used to be offended by a statement like that until it became obvious.
“Obvious?!?”, someone might argue.
Maybe secrets, rumors and gossip are not the fascination of everyone, but how else can you explain:
– The popularity of fantasy sports & their paid “Insider” features
– The popularity of TMZ & the volumes of celebrity gossip
– The illegality of insider trading
– The mumblings and rumblings as most school lunch tables
I like sports. I subscribe to ESPN Insider.
I wonder, what secrets fascinate you most?
Dickens continues, “A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it!” 1
I have secrets.
You have secrets.
Will we carry our secrets with dignity?
– Grandma’s secret recipe
– Your best friend’s secret crush
– Your companies branding
Or, will we become the victims of the weight of secrets that should be revealed?
1 – Dickens, Charles (2010-12-01). A Tale of Two Cities (p. 8). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition.