"Honesty is the best policy" Do you still agree?

@rb200406 (1825)
India
December 1, 2007 2:59am CST
What about the dishonest people becoming rich having success.Nobody seems to get any punishment.They enjoy life to the fullest.& honest people remain poor & struggle to live.so still do you think that Honesty is the best policy
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@psyche49f (2511)
• Philippines
1 Dec 07
Yup, this is what I teach my children. For me, never mind if we're poor as long as we maintain our integrity by being honest in our dealings with people. No telling lies, no cheating, no stealing, no padding of our income tax, no engaging in usurious practices, we should pay our debts...some people turn a deaf ear when creditors ask for payback...that's really bad. I believe in karma...you reap what you sow...if you don't pay your debts, one day everything will be taken back from you....so I guess honesty is still the best policy...
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
1 Dec 07
If one believes that honesty is the best policy and has conviction in it, one would never worry about other people getting rich or succeeding in life[so called success]. This depends on an individual's conviction and choice. We are all answerable to our own conscience and when we do something that our conscience approves of. then we are totally happy and peaceful. So, this varies from individual to individual. I, for one am convinced that honesty is the best policy. When people are absolutely honest in thought, word and deed, they save themselves the bother of subterfuge and lies. This makes life simpler and easier. There is less complication all around. They would be nothing if consistent.So , they need not worry about what lies they had uttered , how to act in accordance with it etc..., Is life not simpler this way?
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
1 Dec 07
Another thing that I wish to add is, it is not because they are honest, that people are poor. It is because they are deficient in some way or other---in not realising their mistakes and rectifying them, in being unwilling to make sacrifices to come out of their poverty cycle, on account of inertia etc etc..,
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@liera0 (280)
• Philippines
1 Dec 07
For me yes it is still the best policy. I really hate if I'm being lied at. It will make me lose my trust to the person. Regarding dishonest people.. though some can do something about them. It seems like even way before there's already dishonesty. But that doesn't mean that if they are dishonest we be dishonest too. If your conscience can take it them you can live with it. But for me I can't coz I don't want to be cheated or lied at too. Thought if this happens we feel hurt but it doesn't mean we can't live life to the fullest on that. " Truth hurts but acceptance cures the pain."
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• India
1 Dec 07
Yes it is , absolutely ... If you are not homest one day or another you will fall into the trap made by your self .. regards Harry
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@garnet80 (354)
• Australia
1 Dec 07
Honesty is the only way to go. If you get where you want to get in life by lieing or by not being yourself then really that defeats the perpose I think. If you achieve what you set out to do by being honest and putting in some hard work then you appreciate what you have so much more. And yes I agree you enjoy life so much more.
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@riveream (111)
• Philippines
1 Dec 07
I still agree with the quote. For me, honesty is the best policy. i was teach by my parents to be always honest in everything I do. It is their problem and their conscience if they are dishonest. mostly, maybe, there are honest people who are struggling in their life. but at least they are honest.
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@Cortney (3982)
• United States
1 Dec 07
I have been mixed on this topic for many years. It seems like the harder some work and how truely honest they are, doesn't even really seem to matter anymore. My husband's company has over paid him several times. He has done the honest thing, and for the next 3 or 4 checks after, they royally screw us. They then goof it up so bad that they owe us money. Meanwhile, another guy had the same thing happen, didn't say a word to the company and got to keep the extra money. So .. you can see how someone would be mixed on the feelings there.
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1 Dec 07
There is nothing better than sleeping good every night and living with absolute peace with God. The only way, I believe, that that absolute peace can be achieved is by living your life honestly, in all of your dealings. It has worked for me my entire life. There are repercussions for those who don't. Deep down, many do not have peace within themselves, which is why they keep reaching for more and more! Their dishonest gains are all they have, but when life is over, they will be left with nothing but an empty soul. God does reward honesty, and He shows me that it is true repeatedly. I have personally seen dishonest individuals who have hurt me with their dishonesty fall flat on their faces and become exposed. My son just had such a similar experience and I was thrilled that he was able to see living proof of what I have always taught him. Please, remember, they will get theirs. Blessed are the poor in spirit, etc. Integrity is the greatest gift you can give yourself and those around you. We shame those who do not have it.
@RosieS57 (889)
• United States
1 Dec 07
It seems to me you are combining two separate things that really have nothing to do with each other. As long as you aren't hurting another or yourself, then definitely with honesty is the only way to live. As to being rich or poor: whoever gave you the idea that life is fair lied to you. When you strive to make the best life you can for yourself and your loved ones that is the most that you can do. Life really is not fair; I have found that it makes for a better life to just stick to mine and not compare/contrast myself with others. If I can help those with less, I do. If not, not. But please get used to the idea that life is unfair and that is the truth of the matter. I'm being honest with you! :-)
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• Philippines
1 Dec 07
This has always been my motto ever since I was a kid. I was the type of kid who couldn't sleep anymore and later confesses the truth whenever I know that I was hiding something. I am not always the goodie too shoes, but it does affect me when I don't speak with honesty or at least close to the truth. I know that I had friends who actually hated me for giving out my points of views but as much as I can, I don't drop names. Eventually, what happens is I get saved from something drastic that is bound to happen and I am thankful that I stick with that belief that 'Honesty is still the best policy'. One thing is for sure, the dishonest people who seems to be living luxuriously may be looking fine right now, let's say dishonest parents who lives out of other peoples misery because they were dishonest, don't always have a happy ending even if they try to provide the best for their children or family. Even if they are not the ones who suffers the consequences, someone in the bloodline, does and the wealth doesn't always stick around for the longest time. God knows how to reward those who work honestly and with a true heart. Honesty never failed from deception! Any hardships that people experience is the tool to help them gauge how they will work harder in an honest way to gain success. It's the decisions we make that counts, and the decisions of which road we take that matters!
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@amitavroy (4824)
• India
1 Dec 07
a yes I firmly believe that honesty is the best policy. It may lead some problems if you had done something which you should not have done but let me tell you in the longer run it is the best thing to do. If you are honest then that is the best weapon you have. No matter what happens truth always been the main war and that is what happens if you are honest. You are always being tested end to end. And if you are honest than you never know when this honesty becomes your armour and sees you from disasters. So I strongly believe this policy and I would recommend others to do so.
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@nopain (32)
• China
1 Dec 07
For me.i think all of things have their two sides, one side is good,The other one is bad,you decided how to accept it that is totally depend on which situation will you in.without a doubt ,Most of people quite agree this words.and aways ask for himself to obey it.but...sometimes,you have to say lie to someone. For example,if you knew a bad news that your grandpa who got cancer and will die soon.and he can not accept the fact which he heard.In this situation,maybe all of the things you need to do maybe only encourage he .
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
1 Dec 07
Another feeling of mine is no crime will ever go unpunished. God is a great leveller and it is not for us to think otherwise.
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@coolcat123 (4392)
• India
1 Dec 07
in this centuary of time i dont believe that honesty is same as that about 20 or 50 yrs ago.the place of honesty is taken by lies and cheats.you will get a scarcity of people who still believe that its the best to show honesty. now a days the thing people say is "my benefit is the best policy"let others go to hell. but,i have seen a few people even now who has stick to this but they do have their loss too.
• India
1 Dec 07
I am preety much agree with this thought of " Honesty is the best policy" but not in context of wholly accepted as it is in all walks of life.If a poor gets nothing for his/her honesty and a rich gets everyone he wants with his dishonesty than waht is use of honesty at that time.Today if want to portrait honesty than we have be honest with ourselves and theb to others.It can be used as the best method to increase selfesteem,courage and foremost humanity.I think we all miss these values at some poin in life so to inculcate this phrase we have to think about the conditions in which it implements.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
7 Jan 08
Definately......remember...what goes around comes around and everything that glitters is not gold...sometimes it catches up with them in one way or another. I'd rather be honest and be able to look at myself in the mirror....then to have a bunch of money in the bank I got by being dishonest.
• India
6 Jan 08
hi i always believe that "honesty is the best policy to live life with no fear" i believe that if want to be fearless,confident and proud to my own life when i will become old ,i can easily say to myself that i am fearless in front of any body and person who is dishonest will realise in long run that he/she would get his/her back to his own lives because history repeats to dishonest people,they can be successful for part of their lives (short term) but at a longer run they will get back results of their dishonesty by own ways of invisble power.It can be self realisation if not god. I belive to live and to live fearless ,i will choose live fearless and thus honesty is my best policy.I try to maintain that in my life.I can also make mistakes but i learn from my mistakes.Hope i will foolw till my end.