Friday, April 25, 2014

Honesty

Some people will lie if they stand to gain something rewarding from it. For example, if they find a lost wallet with money in it, and identification, they’ll pocket the cash and discard the wallet without blinking an eye. Or they’ll copy the answers off another student during a competitive exam. Or keep the excess change a cashier mistakenly gave them and justify it by saying that she or he should’ve been paying more attention.

Not very admirable behaviour.


I really appreciate and respect honesty, particularly in a world filled with unethical individuals who are often compensated for their bad behaviour. Sometimes it takes more effort and more self control to do the right thing than not to. But it’s well worth it. The rewards – self respect, the admiration of loved ones, the respect of peers, a clear conscience - are far greater than a fat bank account, a fancy wardrobe, a pricey car or an easy but dishonest ride. And society advances in a positive way with honest people in it, don’t you think?

I sure do.

Let’s end the week with this interesting and fun video.



Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

32 comments:

  1. I appreciate the intent of the video (the praising-honesty intent, not the promoting-credit-cards intent), but if someone ever did something like that to me, with the cake and the pictures and what have you, I would feel pretty uncomfortable. (Possibly verging on violated.)

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    1. I certainly know what you mean. That kind of attention would make me uncomfortable; I prefer to remain unnoticed. But I do like the idea of honesty being praised, so I focus on that part of the video.

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  2. I can't view the video on this computer, so I can't say what I thought.

    BUT ... personally, I find honesty way easier. No effort at all. Just be myself and that's pretty much that. Also, I am the goober who returns a quarter the the cashier, when over-paid.

    I don't want to stinkin' bad karma quarter, not thanks.

    PS: It's cold here this morning but I refuse to turn the heat on. How's it by you today?

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    1. You got it, girl; just be yourself. It certainly makes life so much easier. Our weather seems to go up and down these days. It warms up and then cools down. I don't even know how to dress anymore!

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    2. The heat kicked on toward the end of the day and then this morning, I have to admit, I put the heat on. Burrrr. I don't know how to dress either.

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  3. completely agree, my son when he was young found a roll of 20 dollar bills in the sand at the marina and looked at me and said 'Look mom, all the money' and I told him we'd go to the marina admin and tell them we found it. They said thank you very much, and left and my son, very young then couldn't understand how anyone could lose a fortune (well to him) we went back to the beach a few days later, and the admin guy came over and said no one claimed it so he gave it to us, should have seen his eyes... I don't keep what's not mine, If it's a large amount of money and not what my son thinks it was I bring to the police....the money I have is mine, I don't cheat, I don't steal, so I'm very happy that you're the same xxx

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  4. I love honest people
    Love the video.
    Honesty is always the best policy ...

    Have a wonderful weekend, Martha.

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    1. It certainly is the best policy. Have a lovely weekend, Margie!

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  5. Very fun video. I hope it helps spread honesty.

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    1. I hope so, too. It would make for a better world.

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  6. Oh most definitely! Honesty is a precious treasure for a society and peole living in it.

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  7. Hmmm. I'm SURE this isn't Canadian. Hahahaha. We don't go all individual like that - far too embarassing!!

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    1. I know, right? I'd feel so embarrassed to be in the spotlight like that!

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  8. what a fun video! Cheers for honesty!

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  9. Doing the right thing pays benefits for the remainder of our life.

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  10. I try to be honest when possible

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    1. Good for you, Adam. Best way to go through life.

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  11. I truly believe that there are more honest people than dishonest people in the world. At least that's what I want to believe :)

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    1. I want to believe that, too, but I'm a little cynical!

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  12. As a Canadian living in the US, I find there's a much more "me first" culture here, with little thought for the collective good. Honesty is also a fading concept, no surprise when professional sports does so little to discourage cheating, and pays the cheaters so lavishly.

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    1. It's really sad, isn't it, that honesty may be a fading concept? What a terrible thing that is...

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  13. Honesty is the best policy. It is slowly losing its presence in our society.
    Sometime though people can't handle it.....I have gotten into some tight 'jams' by being honest to people.
    LOVED the video! Honestly!! Have a great weekend Martha.

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    1. You are right, Jim; sometimes people can't handle it. We are becoming a hypersensitive society, which I don't think is a good thing. Still. I'd rather be hurt by the truth than misled by a lie.

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  14. Awesome video, Martha! Talk about making me feel good! There should be more of this going on!!!!! You had so many interesting posts in the last week! I left my computer behind in the mountains and was trying to get by later in the week with my old computer. Got my new one back okay!!!!! I think of myself as in my late twenties most of the time. Not chronically, but in how I feel physically and mentally. My grandmother MacDonald at ninety told me that I might see her as a very old woman, but inside she was always 17! I think you remain young as long as you are engaged in life and appreciate its wonder! I too had a Sunday school upbringing and some very religious relatives. I'm a questioner and have often said I would have been burned at the stake for heresy! I really don't KNOW what to believe. But there is an ageless search by humans for God, and I don't think it was just motivated and reinforced by evolutionary advantages. Fascinating questions you posed this week. Have a lovely week, my friend!

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  15. "...I would have been burned at the stake for heresy..." Hahaha. I love that! You and me both, Louise :)

    Yes, you remain young as long as you are engaged in life and keep that sense of wonder. Your grandmother sounds like she was a lively lady!

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  16. I think being honest is really important!! I think you feel a lot more peaceful too!

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    1. You bet you do! You're a smart cookie :)

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    2. Aunty Martha, right after I wrote that comment, someone lied about me to get out of trouble. That was totally NOT COOL.

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    3. Yes, that is NOT cool. But don't let it get to you. Lies catch up to us eventually, and we get our own. Whoever did that to you is building bad up karma.

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