Did you ever hear this saying from your parents? “You will get into more trouble if you tell me a lie than you would if you tell me the truth.” Chances are, you have used this saying with your own kids. That is because honesty is the best policy. At least that is what everyone says.
Or at least that is how it used to be. It does not seem like honesty is the best policy in today’s society. You have politicians lying and you have people lying. It has become a world where lying is the norm and honesty is a rare trait among people. It should be the other way around because honesty has proven to be the best policy.
Suppose you have told a lie? You then think that the problem is ressolved, right? Wrong! Lies always manage to come back and bite you. That leaves you in a “pickle”. Do you confess to the first lie? Most people would say that they would confess to the lie but there are some people that would tell another lie to cover the first. It becomes a never-ending cycle. One lie is told to cover up the first lie, then another 2 lies are told to cover the second lie, and so-on! That can get rather confusing on which lie was told and to which person.
In today’s society lying is the way it is because the people of this world think that lying is acceptable. When in truth lying is never acceptable. Even “white” lies are not acceptable because the “white” lies will end up being bigger lies. People often use the expression “I did not lie, I just omitted the truth.” What does that mean? If you do not tell someone something and they find out about it later, isn’t that considered a lie?
Honesty needs to be brought back. It has so many advantages, not to mention that it is morally correct to be honest. Here is a list of reasons why honesty is the best policy.
If you are honest then you gain respect at your job and with your family and friends. Your opinion will have more of a value and your honesty will continue to build a pillar of respect for you.
Being honest builds up trust. Trust is a delicate factor in any relationship and once the trust is broken, it is hard to rebuild the trust. People will see that you are honest and therefore, the trust factor will never be broken.
Being honest provides a filter to the rest of your character. It shapes who you are. Therefore, it can “rub off” on people and make them want to be like you. Then you become a role model for the future generations and as well as a role model for your generation. Honest parents will raise honest kids and those kids will grow up to be honest parents. This cycle will branch out all because you were honest.
Take a long look around you and see what is happening around the world today. See how just one lie causes a ripple effect. Now is that the world you want your kids growing up in? Honesty just has no value anymore. It needs to be brought back because in the end, honesty is the best policy.