“Webster’s defines honesty as “fairness and straightforward conduct and an uprightness of character.” Our world is filled with images that mock the value of honesty: lobbyists and politicians on the take, raking in millions until they either get caught or their conscience begins to eat them up from the inside out. The media especially is a haven for “reality” shows that pit one contestant against another, and in order to “win” they often resort to lying, cheating, and backstabbing.
With money as the usual prize, how do you convey to people that honesty is one value that is worth hanging on to? Actually, the answer is pretty simple: look at the results. “What goes around comes around,” and no one ever really gets away with anything…I am convinced that many people feel that they are justified not telling the truth or acting in ways that are not in line with being honest feel they are justified because “everyone else does it.” That’s the point: don’t be like everyone else. Be a better you. Set a new standard, raise the bar – just for you.”
John St. Augustine, in “Living an Uncommon Life”
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