Is honesty still the best policy?

I remember when I was a small kid, not that I have grown up now, my parents taught me that honesty is the best policy. When I started going to school my teachers also emphasized that honesty is the best policy. But now when I see the world around me and look at all the things that are happening, it makes me wonder if honesty is still the best policy. I remember everytime I have done a mistake and been honest about it, everytime I have suffered. I used to like a girl when I was in the college and we were very good friends, but my problem was I used to like her. So instead of trying to cover it up or do something more sillier, I went ahead and told her how I felt. The result.. we were no longer friends, forget about she being my girlfriend. I have heard and read about people who have lost their jobs, lives just because they had the guts to be honest. Everyone is afraid to say the truth. Anyone who stands for justice and honesty are either bribed off or killed. Human lives and values are not important anymore. I guess the world we live in has no place for honesty.

5 thoughts on “Is honesty still the best policy?

  1. If we didn’t have any honest people left, where would corporate whistle blowers come from? But I agree it can be a real gutsy thing to do because every action has it’s consequences. And some situations might call for a more creative and delicate approach than others…

  2. Akshay I’d rather be honest than live a fake life. To me Honesty still is the best policy and will always be.

    **The result.. we were no longer friends, forget about she being my girlfriend.

    That’s ok Akshay. She was not meant to be ur friend then. And d u wanna be friends with someone like that who throws away a friendship cos u said u liked her?

    **I have heard and read about people who have lost their jobs, lives just because they had the guts to be honest.

    yeah and I respect such ppl. Jobs/Status even Life is not everything. A pure heart is what’s more valuable.

    **Everyone is afraid to say the truth.

    Not me πŸ™‚


  3. People say when you are drunk…. you tend to be honest….Is it true?? ;)))

    and let me tell you everybody is born honest…its just that they get over it….:)

    There is definitely place for honesty….Just look around… a small eg of a rickshaw driver returning your fare change when you forget…..

    Even accepting ones mistake and apologising is honesty…..What say??

  4. Interesting post…”honesty is the best policy” ….something I have wondered over myself.

    Imagine this situation….a classic management ex…If one night you get a knock on your door and someone frightened comes up to you asking for shelter…a mob is chasing that person….a common scenario in the bbay and gujarat riots, apart from it being too bollywoodish….now you decide to shelter this person….then someone from the crowd comes knocking on your door to find out if that refugee is hiding out at your place….now what do you chose to say yes or no? Being honest means that you have to say yes, consequences doesn’t matter, upto the extreme that the person gets killed infront of your eyes….the person could be innocent….But you had to be honest…now does honesty count here?? For me no, I would have lied at that time, I value the life of that person more here.

    I think its at times not about being honest. Its about what you value. Ofcourse life is not easy, you need to have guts to go against the norm. It takes guts to be Hitler and it takes guts to be Gandhi.

    About your situation, imagine if you had not told her about your feelings, wouldn’t the guilt have bothered you?? Would you have looked back at your life thinking I wish I had said it. Whatz the point of being in a frienship where you cannot be honest with your friend.

    Herez a proverb “La chance sourit aux audacieux.” means “You bring yourself your own luck.”

  5. Hey babe, finally am back in blogging land! Have had no time..I would say be honest diplomatically! πŸ™‚ Hope u r over feeling sick darling!

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