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Today’s Reads (Jun 11)

Posted by intellisg on June 11, 2007

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3 Responses to “Today’s Reads (Jun 11)”

  1. shoestring said

    There is not point in talking about honesty if we bulk at being honest at the slightest hint of trouble or something supposedly bad that would happen. Bad things can be blessings in disguise. What is the value of honesty if it is only relevant when it results in something supposedly good or when it is easy to be honest or if it does not get us into trouble or it earns us a reward?

    Staying honest in the face of negative repurcussions is an indication of a person’s strength of character and moral inclinations. Furthermore, if we only decide to be honest based on our personal judgement of a situation from our perspectives, we forget that we are robbing others of the chance to make their own decisions, or learn from their mistakes, or learn to be strong through adversity as a result of the truth being revealed.

    That is why, I agree that honesty is the best policy.

  2. truth frees said

    nobody can live without fault but unfortunately, imperfection has often been cited to elicit sympathy or provide an alibi for dishonest inclination. the latter, something to be avoided, can lead to dangerous corruption if left uncorrected. so to mitigate that tendency, we should continue to preach honesty despite our inconsistency. failing to do so, these little acts of dishonesty in our lives may soon lead to an irreversable cumulative lesson in life. so if you will to ask me, for a start, when you have been confronted with evidences against your failings, it is imperative, and for your good, that you be honest about it.

    take durai for instance. he failed in his duties – many of us would have also failed under similar circumstances. but he was wise not to contest the charges against him. that is being honest and is commendable( here, i am not making an indepth analysis into his case)
    being imperfect, there is no shame failing. but to run from the truth, now that’s a shame. we should rise from our failing to be a better person. but hiding/running from the truth in which you have been confronted or worse, defending the indefensible, is foolish and a price maybe more costly than mere bankrupcy.

    honesty is still the best policy

  3. As It Is said

    It takes another 1000 lies to cover up one single lie. And the subsequent 1000 lies will take another 1000 lies each to cover them up. And the whole process continues.

    A liar must also have a very good memory, to remember what he had said 2, 5, 10 or 20 years ago carelessly to some insignificant person or persons. Otherwise, in the end he would be cornered by himself through his own lies. When the game is up, trust, confidence, sincerity, respect, integrity and goodwill are lost. Disgust, anger, hatred and everything else follow suit.

    It is natural to be honest but it is a deliberate unnatural act to lie. But, of course, there are exceptions; some people have polished the art of lying to the degree that it becomes a natural thing for him to lie, becomes their second nature, so to speak. When confronted with any question, the first thing that comes to their mind is find something to lie, not to tell the truth. I have come across a few such people and I avoid at all cost, at all time, as far as possible. For they are not only a danger to themselves but also a danger to those who come into contact with them.

    Therefore, Honesty is always the Best Policy!

    As it remains:

    AS IT IS.

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