We all have secrets of our own, secrets shared with us by others and I'd wager a bet we all expose some secrets.
Families keep secrets. Some hide their true dysfunction from the world as they put on the face of the happy, perfect family. My family tends to wear its dysfunction like some odd badge of honor. Look at us - we are dysfunctional. But we are still a family. You can't take that away from us.
So what's a secret? It can be any old thing. A closeted relative in a homophobic society. A genetic anomally in another. Knowledge of a deed not meant to be publicized - for whatever reason.
The question becomes are secrets valuable? Are they a good thing?
Like most things the answer lies somewhere in the middle. For example, I kept Lynn's HD a secret for years. Not really sure why - it just wasn't discussed. Now that cat's out of the bag. And of course governments have secrets. Things about which we common folk are best left ignorant. Or so the powers that be decree. Who really wants to know how many attacks were blunted, how many nuclear missles the bad guys have - I mean wouldn't you be more terrified knowing they could kill us 100 times, not just 50??? Or the secrets about the lies they've told? (for our own good of course - ahem)
Secrets mask lies, hurtful truths, embarassing moments - just about anything is secret material under the correct circumstances.
Big secrets in my life? Well - how about information about the guy that is responsible for half of my genetic makeup. His name was Paul Wesley Brooke. Apparently the guy was so bad his family is trying to remove his existance/memory by ignoring him away. They refuse to speak to me - I am after all his seed so I guess I am evil as well. Maybe they're right. Time will tell - and as the drain is being circled it will be told sooner rather than later.
Secret loves? Anyone have one? Songs about secrets? There're a gazillion of those - here's one of my faves. Know what its secret is??? It has one.
What secrets are y'all holding tight? Come on - I won't tell anyone. No even Anu, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, ocdwriter, Padmum, Paul, Ramana The Old Fossil and Will.