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!