Is honesty truely the best policy?

September 8, 2009 4:05pm CST
Is it good to be honest at all times, in this present world and with the people around us?
7 responses
• Bulgaria
23 Oct 09
Honesty is a great thing but does not mean to reveal yourself and to tell everything to everybody. Honest person is a good person that treats good friends and family and is respected because of that by them. Honest person is somebody that can be trusted. Nobody like liars but unfortunately everybody lies alot.
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@jpso138 (7851)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I do agree with the saying. I am sure that by being honest, you will always be well and respected. When you lie, you will surely have something to fear and one lie will lead to another lie... This will give you problems and discomfort and will also destroy your credibility.
@NUTZZZ (16)
• Maldives
18 Sep 09
To begin with,be honest to yourself.Wanting to be honest?Honesty doesn't pay instantly,but does eventually!C'mon who values honesty today?Soon you will find the word,'honesty' deleted from dictionaries!Time to wake up,Sheetal!
@skaterx (530)
• Finland
26 Oct 09
I think you basically should be honest all the time when you can, but ofcourse not everyone can keep up with that. We're not perfect. And also, I don't feel like I'm obliged to answer every question from strangers, even though I am honest. Sometimes I just leave because it annoys me that they are trying to invade my privacy, just because i'm answering honestly, doesn't mean i want to. But honestly is a good way to get stuff off your chest, whatever the outcome. But you have to be prepared sometimes that some people won't like what you're saying, but that's the only drawback, and what they think about what you think. But I think we all owe it to ourselves to be honest to ourselves, and most of the time, that means being honest to other people too, because when you lie to other people you start feeling guilty. I think most important is being true to ourselves.
@aznrice69 (100)
• Canada
9 Sep 09
I believe the statement "honesty is the best policy" doesn't and isn't meant to be applied to everything. Honesty does a lot in social suituations and does earn you a good reputation. No one wants to be startled and confused when they fall into a web of lies and it also makes them feel like they aren't worth the respect to be honest to. Honestly doesn't exactly work when you're in a dim room with your arms tied behind a chair and someone is asking for information that may in turn lay waste to thousands of lives. Sometimes not being honest is for your own safety or the safety of someone else, it all really depends on what it is. Is it when you're giving your number to someone you just met? Or to a group a bullies after your friend? My advice is to be honest to the people who are worth it too, sometimes you may be trying to shield someone from the ugly truth, but if you've known them long enough don't they deserve the truth? I can't cover everything, and I shouldn't be the one telling you whats right and wrong, it's up to you to decide when you should really be honest.
• India
9 Sep 09
no i dont think that being honest in this era will always pay. it will mostly prove to be foolishness.
• Philippines
9 Sep 09
Yes i do think so considering a lot of scams and lies that are popping out of the internet.
@amybrezik (2118)
• United States
9 Sep 09
Most of the time I would say yes, honesty is the best policy. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but as a policy you should try to be honest. Sometimes when being honest, you just have to make sure you aren't too blunt.