Chapter IX: Honesty is better than sugar coated bullshit. Period.
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Thomas Jefferson once wrote, »Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom«. That's quite a powerful statement once you think about it - even more so because it's absolutely true, not just as some piece of the puzzle that completes the image but because it is one of the fundamental parts of one’s character. Everything starts, or at least it should start with honesty. Whether it's personal relations, business or yourself. But what does “being honest” mean?
Judging from the world around us it can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Given that everyone has their own definition of the true meaning of the word, we quickly find many who have tailored the definition to their liking. The word itself is meaningless if we don’t know what it represents. I took the liberty of looking into the Miriam Webster and here’s what they say:
Honesty: the quality of being fair and truthful: the quality of being honest
You see, it’s much more powerful, when you know what the word stands for. The impact is a lot greater if you tell someone to always be fair and truthful than to just say be honest.
But definitions aside, being honest (fair and truthful) seems like a trait which should be found deep in the heart of every person but sadly that’s not the case. This makes me wonder though how can some people not possess the urge, to be honest with others and not lie. I understand it has a lot to do with one's upbringing but still, this is one should be simple even to remember if you don’t have it in you. Just don’t lie. That’s basically all you need to know to get started. How hard can that be? Too hard, it seems. But hey, some are just not made to be gentlemen – or ladies for that matter.
Until next time, RP.