I hate to be the bad guy.
But which is worse:
to be the guy who ruins a day with need-to-know bad news or
to be the guy who hid the bad news, preserved a false peace and caused you to miss your chance to do something about it?
On the 10 minute horizon, the bad-news-bringer is the bad guy.
He ruined a day.
On the 10 year horizon, the bad-news-hider is the bad guy.
He wrecked a life.
But what about the 10 day horizon? Or the 10 week horizon?
"Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses." - Pr. 27:6