Elton John was wrong when he sang that sorry seems to be the hardest word. No—nowadays the hardest word is, uh, no. Think about it. There’s a reason the villain from the first James Bond film wasn’t called Dr. Yes: Nobody likes saying no, either to themselves or to others. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Sixteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse.