Better Left Unsaid – Episode 5

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Summary

Everyone can think of a time they were told something they wish they could unhear. This episode explores the concept of unwanted information with two stories that offer big surprises at the end. From confessions to invitations, these are two stories Beth selected because they stuck with her long after the show.

This Episode’s Guests

Lovey Roundtree Oliff is the host of The pod Caste System with Lovey, a highly-rated show about the intersection of culture, pop culture and race. Listen to The pod Caste System here.

Michael Boulerice is the author of The Adventures of Kung Fu Mike and the Magic Sunglasses: A Confession by Michael Boulerice, which can be found on Amazon.

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In this episode

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For this episode, we’re going to talk a little bit about, um, the idea of things better left unsaid. We can all relate to hearing something that we just did not want to know, like good old TMI. It’s stuff that you can’t unhear, but for some reason they feel compelled to tell it.

There’s another kind that I call the sinister invitation, where for example, you’re having a chat with your boss and it’s pretty friendly and then it segues into what he’s doing this weekend, and then before you know it, he’s inviting you to his swinger party. You know, it’s not so much the words that they’re saying that need to be left unsaid, but it’s more of what it reveals about them.

How one minute you believe that you’re talking to one person and then a simple phrase and a small action can completely transform how you see them forever. But the one better left unsaid that I think is most powerful, or I should say most misunderstood, is the confession. Our culture so praises the act of confession and sees it as honorable and vital to building our character and who we are and protecting our own sanity.

The truth shall set you free, right? But what I think gets too often overlooked is how the confession isn’t getting rid of a burden. It’s shifting a burden onto another person. And when you’re the one hearing the confession, you’re the one who has to bear it and process it and figure out what it all means.