- Honesty in all spheres of life.
- It pays.
- Honesty as distinguished from commercial honesty.
- Cultivate honesty when young.
- Confidence and true honesty.
- Honesty in action.
Honesty in all spheres of life:
A man who is honest is truly courageous. He may not be a great warrior or a hero, but he has undoubtedly won a great victory over lies and direct. Those who believe that honesty has no significance outside the realm of pecuniary considerations have a very poor conception of it indeed. If the prestige of honesty is to be retained it is essential that it should be initiated in all the spheres of life. A man who is honest with his friends, but dishonest with strangers cannot be called honest.
A man who is honest in every transaction of life, in the long run, meets with success and has really more chances of achieving success than the most artful knave with whom everything may go on well for the time being. Dishonesty is often anomal only seen to succeed more than honesty, but this anomaly can be readily accounted for by remembering that a dishonest knave may deceive the unwary ones but cannot expect to repeat this tricks. a second time. “Once bitten, twice shy.” Dishonesty may have a term but honesty is best in the long run. Honesty gives the man favoured with it that peace of mind which millions cannot purchase. All admire integrity and an honest man is always given allowances in the hour of need. It is said Oliver Goldsmith’s publishers gave him hundred guineas for his poem the “Deserted Village.” When Goldsmith was told by a friend that the sum was too large, he immediately sent it back. The publishers were so much struck with this magnanimity that they paid him L 453 when the books were sold off.
Honesty as distinguished from commercial honesty:
The man who is honest merely for the sake of policy cannot really be called so, for politic honesty is only a species of dissimilation, hypocrisy or selfishness and is superficial eye-service on which no reliance can be placed. The motive of such a man is profit and not the moral rectitude which characterizes a truly genuine heart. A businessman who is honest in his dealings with his customers and dishonest in his dealings with his fellow businessman is doing so with some motives of personal gain and is only a shrewd businessman and nothing more.
Cultivate honesty when young:
To teach men, to be honest, should be the aim of all true education. “Classroom honesty goes to the grave” is a well known adage. if children are taught to be honest they will not find it difficult to be so throughout their lives.
Confidence and true honesty:
If a man is honest with himself, he cannot help but be honest with others. Any one understanding or over rating his merits cannot be said to be honest with himself and in ninety-nine cases our of hundred such a man is dishonest with others or at least dishonest in his estimation of others.
“Follow not the common reputation of honesty which is for the most part no honesty at all, but if you seem honest, be honest or else seem as you are.”
Honesty in action:
Honesty, however, does not consist only in not telling lies it consists too in being faithful to one’s ideals in life. A man, who believing in nationalism, did not buy Pakistani goods even when he had to make a little sacrifice in the way of extra money or slightly rougher quality, could not be called an honest man, since he would be betraying his innermost conviction simply to please his eyes or save himself an anna.
In the same way, it is not enough simply to be dependable on money matters. However honest as far as money is concerned, be a man who flattered a scoundrel, whom he fundamentally despised, just to be able to call an influential man his friend, he would be quite as dishonest as a thief from the moral point of view. Honesty is a point morally quite as much as a point of economics.
Nations, as well as individuals, have proposed from honesty of action. The diplomatic intrigues of the West did succeed as well as Palmerston’s bluntness did. The truth of the matter is that the people possess a natural political sense by which they can inevitably tell the good from the bad in man. Honesty is the best policy with the people because quacks and charlatans are always found out li is a true enough proverb:
“You can fool some of the people all the time, and all people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”
The life of almost every dishonest politician in the world has proved it, from Nero-to Ramsay Macdonald.