The book


32 Responses to “The book”

  1. Edward Fitzpatrick May 18, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    I am somewhat a capitalist and I like Cathal, having met him in London in-between this post and his, I found him him holding some kind of energy that needs to be released. His idea is brilliant and needs support which when I get sorted I will consider very seriously. Ideas are great but more important are people to take them from the idea phase, one: The potential of the potential, to phase two: the actualization of the potential, phase three and four are contained in phase one.

    They are of course , Three: the potential of the actualization and Four: the actualization of the actualization.

    I believe Cathal has 2,3 and 4 in the idea,
    Good luck.


  2. ivan July 1, 2008 at 9:01 pm #

    I´ve read the beginning and it´s very promising .It´s much more interesting for me for the literary side rather than the ethical part , but I am an “inmoralista”. Kant , anyway thought that pure reason , and hability of aprehending truth is problematic because all this perception stuff.
    I think that if what is to come is as honest and also fresh it´s going to be worth the effort . Best regards .
    Ivan .

  3. Julian Pollock October 6, 2008 at 10:34 am #

    Great idea,and I will be following it.
    I like the practical approach rather than the afademic philosophical one. I beleive that ethical decisions derives a) from our basic humanity and b) particular real situations we get presented with. Most people have a high degree of agreement about dealing with ethical dilemas whatever their background, culture or religion or so I beleive. You are researching all this but it will be hard, honestly…cheers

  4. Ian October 6, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    Good Luck on your grapple with honesty. I think you touched on a big difficulty at the end of your first chapter when you stated ‘I don’t think I do know the Truth’. Is it possible to ‘know’ the truth. As Socrates said towards the end of his life ‘all I know is that I do not know’

  5. Sasha October 6, 2008 at 1:36 pm #

    Interesting… really interesting… i like the way you think, much more interested in learning all that you find throughout the year. The first chapter is very witty, much too much swearing for me but again you’re just being honest, so thats understandable. The numeric style/layout was off-putting but also very informal which i like, most of all, i enjoyed reading the first chapter. Well done and keep us posted.

  6. TomatoQueen October 6, 2008 at 11:18 pm #

    All you people commenting stop it at once. Give this man a job.

  7. selara October 8, 2008 at 6:04 pm #

    I live in Spain too, and I must tell you, Madrid is a complicated place to tell the truth, it always gets me in trouble. They believe “some” truths, are just plain rude.

    So very good luck.

  8. Jennifer October 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm #

    I like the numbered lists, though when I did them in my writing group I got universally badgered to take ’em out. Apparently most people don’t like them.

    “Two truths I didn’t realise until just now:
    1. I’ve always had the sense that my life is moving towards some sort higher truth
    2. It’s not going particularly well”

    HEAR, HEAR, brother.

  9. Casey October 9, 2008 at 5:55 am #

    It just so happens I’m writing a paper on Kant’s work concerning lying and this page has already been an inspiration, keep up the good work.

  10. Jeff October 18, 2008 at 7:45 am #

    I applaud your effort to live life differently, to find a deeper meaning than chasing after financial security, of which there is never enough.

    It seems to me, though, that you have set yourself a rather difficult task. What does it mean to be “honest”? What exactly is a “lie”?

    In the end you may find yourself chasing a chimera. Better perhaps to begin the process of being quiet. Watch and listen to yourself. You will find that so long as you have expectations, so long as you cling to ideas and feelings, you will for that long remain unsatisfied, unfulfilled, frustrated. Let go – of everything – and living honestly comes quite naturally. Because you have nothing to gain and nothing to hide, there is no longer any reason to dissemble.

  11. Wayne October 20, 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    It is really the same thing as trying not to sin, ever. It has generally been proven not to be possible. For this reason Jesus died on the cross.

    You are on a search for truth. You may probably find it in the bible (the probably is about you not the bible). But, you can see it more clearly in the true people of God, anyway.

    A transcript that I have found online is entitled, “The Dignity and Duties of the Priest”. There is a list of 47 items. Very interesting.

    1. Lose all rather than lose God.

    4. To die rather than to knowingly commit a sin ..
    (A sin is a short-fall, not exactly a lie, but more to the point of what the problem really is).

    10. God alone makes man content.

    20. To trouble one’s self about faults comitted is not humility, but pride.

    Quite an interesting document, with attempts to share /find some truths itself. Contriversial even in most Chiristian circles. Worth looking at.

  12. Michael October 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    I love the idea, which I’ve played about with in my head and wanted to see realised in a novel. So to have it in real life is even better! Can the world function if everyone were always honest and how would it be different? I like the honesty in this, there are some big admissions. Worried for family and friends who don’t have a choice. And look forward to reading about benefits of truth as well as problems it causes.

  13. Ad October 24, 2008 at 10:24 pm #

    I assume you’re off collecting episodes, where you’ve told the truth and got yerself into a pickle ? In other words – I hope the exercise doesn’t stop at a short prologue.

    Don’t care about your style – do what you like, the meat will show itself.

    Swearing – who the fook is offended by swearing ? If you’re going to be honest ( in thought) then the swearing’s going to build up to crecendos, on occassion – let it rip.

    will keep tabs. Best of luck

  14. sue November 2, 2008 at 10:12 am #

    The question is : what is a lie ? I mean a real lie ?
    Somebody lies when he as things to hide ; important things ! if you don’t have secrets you dont lie or your lies are not exciting !

    To lie means to lie about your feelings ; is to say : I love you when you don’t !
    And so on

  15. muriel November 3, 2008 at 7:01 am #

    I felt inspired and decided to stop small and big lies for… at least for a day and the day is not even finished…even one day is such an effort. Yes, lies have become so convenient. Please keep us informed about your progress and discoveries on your path to truth.

    Thanks for the idea!

  16. ttsing November 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    To lie you have to lie to someone,therefore to stay honest do not
    interact with others.That is why being single provides you with a sense of peace whereby you will not be disappointed nor deceived.
    All the same good luck in your praiseworthy endeavour.

  17. crissij van den Munckhof November 11, 2008 at 11:04 pm #

    Admirable challenge! Wouldn’t relish it. Very tourettian.

    However, I am being completely opportunistic and having read about you on ASW would like to ask if you could recommend me!

    Travel all the time and always seeking out the best or just plain weird from a private house for a party to a cave with strands of women’s hair from which one is woman is selected annually…end up in many strange situations and places only last week had to get a safe blown open in Marrakech!


  18. dionysos December 17, 2008 at 10:36 am #

    Human, too human….

  19. Orgery December 17, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    Love it. As a french, we hate Kant. And we always lie.
    Do you want any test? Does anyone know you won’t lie? Even your neibourghs? Don’t hide it, but don’t shout it.
    Paractical exercise? Will you answer?

  20. Oli_g December 18, 2008 at 8:33 am #

    So Dear blogger, your story is quite short so far, maybe you just quit the whole experience… Was it too though? Couldn’t you breathe any min. more without telling a lie?
    Oh maybe a burglar stole your macbook?
    Or maybe you just discovered the spanish way of living and you abandoned Kant’s predicts to fully live hedonism?

    Btw Orgery tell me something French doesn’t hate… HAHA.
    I know there was recently in Paris a strike off the Art models (Naked ones), cause the Dept. for Arts said that it’s prohibited to tip them….
    Hmm actually it’s quite a funny story, do you think that you would tip a model more if you ” like what you see “? Like some sort of discrimination? But as we know discrimination if forbidden in the European Union. But on the other hand Sarkozy wants to legalise Positive discrimination…. Who knows maybe one day you’ll be able to experience positive discrimantion towards people who want to be naked art model but who aren’t ” Esthetic “… 😉

    Anyway, where’s the rest of this experience???

  21. orgery December 19, 2008 at 7:22 pm #

    wanted to try also
    my girl left
    my boss is pissed off
    i gave my credit card numbr
    everybody knows what i m doing in bed when i m alone
    i have to leave my appartement
    but i believe it would work

  22. Bruno Fabre December 22, 2008 at 7:43 am #


    The official French news have told some years ago that the Tchernobyl cloud have stopped back its frontier..
    Good night baby !

    our society is not based on the truth.
    So strong than the truth have became taboo, like something durty.
    Each receives its truth to the best of its interests and its packaging or fanaticism.
    You can lie to a fanatic because he have lost any reason.

    It remains to relativize our interests and our own packaging.
    And rebuilding a new humanism.

    Hard job !


  23. Tim February 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    Heard you on free beer and hotwings this morning.. looking forward to the book!

  24. Meredith February 15, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    I’ll buy your book!

    Honesty has become increasingly more important to me as I’ve gotten older and I have committed myself to honesty. My partner and I operate what we refer to as a “total honesty policy” which, though painful at times, has stood our relationship – and our friendship – in good stead, in excellent stead in fact.

    I think we’re socialised to lie though; to keep together relationships that would otherwise end, to promise certain behaviour but justify to ourselves later, to show the most favourable face. So, honesty can seem questionable…interesting isn’t it?

  25. Sam February 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    I saw you on The big questions on Sunday, I’ll definately be getting a copy of this book. Fantastic to see more search for truth. Thank-you and Blessings

  26. Gordon Honeycombe February 17, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    IS the name of your book purposely contrived as a play on words for cheap publicity? I am appalled.

  27. MrHaytch March 29, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    Love the idea and the first chapter, when is it going to be out?

  28. RM March 30, 2009 at 7:35 am #

    Very nice idea, i am curious about the book.

    And for the sake of truthfullness….do swear in your book …it does add….it adds you in a truthfull way (phase your going through) …for the sake of your book don´t alter your center self because ´Gordon` might think it is appaling, (and in the process maybe giving your kids the impression it is a ´must to adapt so much in order for others to like it!)…

    Happy writting

  29. Kamelia November 22, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    Amazing project, I like your style and I would buy your book online. It is true that not liyng even for a day is a huge effort. In our day to day life we use the phrases “honestly”, “to be frank” – which means this is the specific time we say something true … you made me think how hypocrite we’ve become. You made me want to change that about myself at least!

  30. Russ Nelson July 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    Wow. I’m surprised that no Quakers have commented here yet. We tell the truth all the time. Now … several people have noted how difficult that would be. It isn’t. You learn to not say everything which is true, which is not the same as always telling the truth.

  31. ron jonson December 20, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    how do we know you’re not lying?

    • Cathal Morrow December 20, 2010 at 11:07 am #

      You’re don’t, you’ll have to take me on my word (I’m not lying by the way!)

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