In an earlier post, I shared some good precepts that I would like my daughter, and whoever else happens to read this, to think about.
One of the most important values that was instilled in me from an early age, and reinforced over the decades of my life, is the importance of honesty. Today, are lives are a swirl of dishonesty, with a President that regularly lies with impunity. But it is not just #45. Corporations, politicians, celebrities, and people seemingly at every level of society seem to accept dishonesty as a tool for getting ahead. Honesty matters, but, sadly, all too often dishonesty comes with better perks.
I do not expect a rash of honesty to break out on my advice, but perhaps my daughter, or someone like her, will find these thoughts valuable.
- The first person you should be honest with is yourself.
- Honesty is hard. It can hurt others, it can hurt you. Honesty stings, but heals. Dishonesty can leave lasting scars.
- If someone else is dishonest with you, let them know that you
know. Give them a chance to make it right.
- Don’t believe anyone else’s hype, and don’t believe your own. We all want to believe we are better than we really are. You aren’t that awesome.
- Given a choice between the truth and a beguiling lie, most people will choose the lie. It’s an old saw, but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.
Finally, our first President had something to say about honesty, something #45 should take to heart, and the reason I mashed up the image for this post.
“It is an old adage that honesty is the best policy-this applies to public as well as private life-to States as well as individuals.” – George Washington