It's like when I do up a résumé and I'm forced to talk about who I am and what I've accomplished, such as it is. I'm a brutally, carelessly honest sort of person, and this honesty has probably cost me a number of potential jobs. I'm at the point now where I ought to consider outright lying, as many people around me have begun to advise. But my principles forbid me. However, when my back gets pushed a little closer to the wall, my principles will be the first thing to go.
Sometimes I get cynical and I think that we're all fundamentally selfish, judgemental, and perhaps even evil. Despite this, it is still a beautiful world. I think we humans are a work in progress. If we can continue to meet challenges (and create new ones) the same way that we have until now, we should be fine for millions of years to come.