Everyone cheats. Or has cheated. Or will cheat. In our lifetime. So, yes, honesty is not part of the core DNA as human beings. In fact, that’s our frailty.
Whether one is being dishonest about love or money, politics or entertainment – life can be one shit bag when it comes to living up to the principles of integrity.
And I get that. As good people are, and should be, we need to try hard to live a life of honesty, integrity and responsibility. That should be our mission in life. Otherwise, we end up as turds who try to rationalise every time we lie, steal or kill. We end up being no better than the devil who offers the world in exchange for our souls.
As a rule of thumb, when a monster is our idol, many may not see the monster because we rationalize our idolatry. We blindly follow and believe false and empty promises. Until the monster invades our values and our lives.
Value formation is essential in every family. It is the core essence of raising people upright and virtuous. Right-thinking. Principled. Law-abiding. Irreproachable. Lawful. Ethical.
To be a good human being. That should be our goal. No matter how much unkindness there is in this world.
Honesty is a cornerstone of ethics.
While we cannot demand this virtue from each and everyone of us we can try harder to be better people, even if some of us grow up in environments that make us believe that the trait of honesty is a lot of hogwash.
My friends and I may be on separate sides of the political spectrum but honesty, integrity and love of country should always be what we honor. Politics, after all, is a temporary void in the journey of a country. Only if we learn to be more patriotic can we move on as a proud race. A great nation.
A little bit of scruples goes a long way in healing a divided people.
“ It is not the criminals who arouse the hatred of others, but the men who are honest ….”
– Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tangere