Honesty

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Many in this world have a view that a little white lie is ok.  That everyone does it.  When you ask them if they are honest they proudly proclaim YES.  Honesty no longer means to us what it once did.  Honesty is now “mostly honest”

I must admit that this can be one of the most daunting challenges in this world we live.  To be fully, completely honest in EVERYTHING.

When we strip away all the sugar coatings and rationalizations we encounter daily in our interactions with others, are we completely honest in ALL things?

Have you ever gone through a checkout line, gotten home and realized that the clerk failed to charge you for an item?   Have you gotten to the car to find extra change you shouldn’t have received?

Most of us have found ourselves in this situation at one time or another, many of us have returned the change or gone and paid for an item we weren’t charge for.

How about are we honest in our dealings with others?  Have you ever bought an item from someone who had no idea what that item was truly valued at?  You paid the “asking” price yet never mentioned the true value?  What about the contractor who you are certain underbid on a job that you know you should be paying more for?  Do you take the deal and run?  or do you offer to pay them more closely to what the work should get?

We live in a world all about taking advantage of a good thing, that includes one another.

Can we participate in this behavior and remain honest in all our dealings with others?  I believe that to be an oxymoron, an impossibility.  Honesty requires us to be upright and fair, taking advantage of others mistakes is neither upright nor fair. 

There is no right way to do something wrong.  The little white lie, the omission of truth or information, it doesn’t matter what it is, creates dishonesty amongst us.

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8 thoughts on “Honesty

  1. If a contractor quotes a price and does a shoddy job who loses then? If you purchase something at a bargain price and it turns out to be flux, who loses then? It doesn’t that makes you dishonest looking for a deal. Nor is the person scamming you. I learned a long time ago you get what you pay for in life. And yes I go back and return the money but I don’t know about getting items not charged for. That hasn’t happen as far as I’m aware. 🙂 It’s true very few people are honest and being dishonest is as natural as farting. Most people don’t care.

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    • If a contractor does a shoddy job then the homeowner loses in the work, not in their character as the contractor loses character and credibility. In the end, one maintains there self worth, the other doesnt

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  2. Interesting perspective. I can’t help but think of the film “The Invention of Lying” when I read this post. It’s true that we all lie, omit details, and use white lies. It’s become just a part of human nature.

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