In the book of John, Chapter 8 verse 33 reads, “ And you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”.Sometimes telling the truth can be a task greater than it sounds. Producer
Yeal Melameade, winner of 2013 Academy Awards for best short documentary for Innocente and in conjunction with the Dishonesty Project, has collaborated on an ingenious concept at this 2014 Games for Change festival called the Truth Box. Inspired by the book written by Dan Ariely called, “ The Honest Truth about Dishonesty: How we lie to Everyone- Especially Ourselves,” looks into why people lie among one another using the Truth Box. A modern day confession booth like the one seen at a Catholic church. But unlike those booths, Truth box comes with a video screen to watch yourself live as it records your confession to a lie.
Premiering for the first time anywhere, the Truth Box gives opportunity for anyone to come and absolve one’s most deceitful comment made to someone else. The project hopes, once the lie is confessed, can participants learn from it and feel better about themselves. It offers a chance to start their lives with clear conscience and wipe the slate clean. Over the course of many studies and experiments, Mr. Ariely honestly believes once a person publicly offers their false fabrication of the truth can a person begin to live a more honest life.
Unfortunately, lies will always continue to intertwine people lives like a knitted sweater. Some lies are used to satisfy social lubrication among peers, while other lies at times prevent cataclysmic disaster among friends and family. The True Box is an educational tool for those who step into it’s confession realm can they begin to learn and benefit from this event. The experience itself can inspire those to use better judgement against an opportunity arises to weave a tangled web and begin to deceive. Remember, the truth will set you free.
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