I caught a new television show last night I've not seen before called The Moment of Truth. The gist of the show is that contestants answer very personal questions, in front of their spouses and families for a chance to win half a million dollars. They can only advance if their answers are completely truthful as determined by a polygraph.
Apparently last night's show was more dramatic than usual, as the host actually gave a disclaimer about half way through saying this was his most uncomfortable moment in his entire career and if it had been up to him it would never have aired. The woman playing revealed before her husband, her parents and her siblings that she knew secrets about her father that she kept from her mother, she was in love with another man on her wedding day, she thought she should be married to an old boyfriend and she had slept with someone other than her husband since their wedding two years ago. The host kept saying things like, "Are you sure you want to continue? I don't think you know how tough these questions are going to get." She insisted on going on and I got the feeling it was because she wanted to get all of it off her chest. It was her way of telling her husband everything she couldn't alone.
You have to give the woman credit for doing whatever it took to confess.
The ironic thing is the question that tripped her up was, "Do you think you're a good person?" She answered yes, but the polygraph said it was a false answer which meant she went home without a cent.
I have to admit I'd like to get my husband in that chair for a few questions. No, I don't think he's harboring any deep, dark secrets from me, but I often wonder if there are things he doesn't tell me in order to spare my feelings. How do you know if he's just being nice?
And then I have to ask myself, do I really want to know? Is it better to have my feelings protected or is it better to know the truth?
What do you think?