Honesty: A Dying Virtue?

ScottHallock By ScottHallock, 19th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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“Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive, virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating, or theft”. (Source: Wikipedia)

Honesty: A Dying Virtue?

“Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive, virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating, or theft”. (Source: Wikipedia)

Take a moment and think about how much honesty actually plays a major part in every aspect of life.

“Honesty is the very foundation of all that is good and without it, we will truly destroy ourselves” (Scott Hallock)

Take a moment and think about our yesteryear when it was a much more innocent time where people were more childlike, naive and honest in all they would say and do. Where has that time gone? Where are the days when a handshake and someone’s word meant everything? Where are the real men who would rather give up their lives than go against what they promised to do? Are those days gone forever?

Today, it seems that we have learned to get around the truth or find ways to try to beat the system and get something for nothing. Deception, cheating and lying are becoming a way of life and a perfected art form.

Look at the way we advertise many products, it is all about marketing for a quick ‘hit and run’ sale rather than making an honest, decent and quality product that we can use and have around for a long time.

What about our influential people, it seems that we have settled and accept the fact that our stars, the cream of the crop and our leaders can pretend to be something they are not. They can make promises they do not intend to keep and instead of calling it lying, we call it politics, and we accept this as, “that’s just the way it is”.

They say that the average person tells at least six lies per day. If that is true, then that means people will tell over 175,000 lies in their lifetime if they live to be 80 years old.

Sadly, it appears that honesty is becoming a dying virtue today, and that we have become more accustomed to the plain and simple fact that ‘what we see is not what we get’. I believe that can change.

So why do we as a society choose to ignore dishonesty or prefer not to want to say anything about it?

I believe it is time we take a long look at ourselves personally and commit to simply get back to the basics of being honest.

Levels of honesty

Are there levels of honesty? What do you think about half-truths or little white lies? When is it all right not to be honest?

One might agree that a lie is a lie no matter how big or small or the reason. Is it wrong to tell every child growing up; there is a Santa Clause, an Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy? Is it OK to tell a lie if it gives that child hope, keeps someone safe, or protects another person’s feelings?

When I was an undercover Police Officer, I would have to go into some very shady places and try to fit in. I grew my hair very long, had a beard, and wore clothes that made me look like a real character. I was often asked if I were the Police and my response had to be, “no” if I wanted to survive. Was it OK for me to lie in order to accomplish justice?

Is honesty the best policy?

Everyone agrees that honesty is the best policy, and that we should be truthful in words, actions and deeds. However, when it comes right down to it, everyone will tell little lies and justify the reasoning. Nevertheless, what happens when we are honest and end up losing?

I did my taxes last year, and I was 100% honest. Because I was honest, I ended up owing the government nearly $10,000.00 dollars. Yes, I could have fabricated and exaggerated the various common write off’s and saved myself a lot of money, but I chose to be honest and now I owe. By being honest, did I lose?

The answer to the above example is very simple. First, I am expected to be honest when doing my taxes. Secondly, if I had been honest in the first place and had claimed the proper deductions in the beginning of the year rather than choose to have more money each payday then I would not be in the position of owing at the end of the year.

There is a universal law called, cause and effect, and it says that for every action, there is a reaction.

If we are not first honest, no matter how insignificant it might seem, dishonesty will affect something later down the line. Every lie or dishonest word, act or deed becomes like a small crack in the overall structure of our life, which in turn weakens the very foundation of our life and eventually will destroy us.

Honesty to one may not be honesty to another

Honesty is a true principle that is instilled in each of us. Every person who has ever lived or will live has a conscious that tells him or her through emotion or feelings that something is right or wrong. We all have free agency and once taught a true principle, we govern ourselves and choose according to our own conscious. Therefore, what is honest to one person may not be honest to another.

This is why we have laws and rules to follow. There are universal truths already set that everyone understands and considers what is honest and dishonest. We all know the difference between right and wrong, and if we deviate from its path, we are being dishonest.

When I was an undercover Police Officer, I did not feel bad about lying to criminals and I justified what I did to further justice, make our community a safer place and get a bad person off the streets. Someone else may not see it the same way and consider it dishonest of me but according to my conscious, I did the correct thing.

One day of honesty

What do you think would happen if we all committed to having one day of honesty? One whole day we tell the truth and every word, act and deed was 100% honest. That would be something to think about and a great challenge. Try it and see what happens.


If you want to understand, know or be reminded what honesty is then look into a child's eyes, and you will see pure honesty. Watch a parent hold their newborn and you will witness that people can be honest. The smiles, tears and the emotions on that parents face will testify to you the true meaning of honesty.

Honesty can solve all the world problems. It is the life force of our existence. If the world decided to be honest people would treat each other with love, respect and life would return to where it is supposed to be.
“Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive, virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating, or theft”. (Source: Wikipedia)

Honesty will never die because people are still good, still care and still love. There are children, nature and life that continue to remind us what honesty is.

I believe honesty can be strengthened, given power and dominance, and, it begins with me.

Article also posted on Bukisa.com by Scott Hallock


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I have been a Police Officer for over 28 years. I love writing articles on, "How Not to Become a Victim", Human Nature and Health / Fitness.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
20th Jul 2010 (#)

very well written, insightful and concise...

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author avatar Euphonos
20th Jul 2010 (#)

Good work. I enjoyed reading these facts

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author avatar smoothoperator
21st Jul 2010 (#)

Honestly the article will make people think. Cheers!!!

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author avatar igorgriffiths
19th Nov 2010 (#)

Nice article, however having an honesty day would probably destroy the fabric of the western world.

Whatever you do you need to be consistent with it thus once you start lying when do you stop?

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author avatar ScottHallock
19th Nov 2010 (#)

very good question igorgrifhs..very good question

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author avatar Jan
9th May 2011 (#)

I was always told - honesty is a virtue:
1. moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.
Lately I've found that honesty is something so rare and precious. No one seems to know how to be honest anymore. Honesty in this 21st century seems to mean - how can I manipulate you for my means to an end???
No thanks, if that is how this matrix is - it's not for me.
Bless you all - from a sincerely - honest individual. Does sovereignty mean I will be alone? Hmm interesting

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