I was brought up to respect one thing above all others. Honesty! Seriously, my parents were staunch believers that lying was never acceptable. Today, it seems it is not only acceptable but rather is expected. From our leaders all the way through to everyday people. It is permissible to be dishonest as long as your intentions are good.
Examples are too lengthy to mention, but let’s look at our two candidates for president and how they are treated. One candidate has been very candid with answers (and even though I may not agree), and for those answers is skewered by the media because those views are not held by many. The candidate speaks his mind and answers questions with no filters. The other candidate has had numerous occasions when they have been caught being untruthful and the media doesn’t call her on them. In fact, she has gone so far as to say she has never lied. (which in itself is a lie) But again, our society accepts these lies with no repercussions. So if a person were to run for office, it seems to me that it is better to lie as the consequences are less severe.
Wow, how things have changed since I was young. Not only was lying unacceptable, it was actually considered a sin. The Boy Scouts actually made honesty a core value and included it in their pledge. Over the years of being involved with professional and civic organizations, I have taken numerous pledges that place honesty as a core commitment. Lying is considered a felony when testifying although we have even changed that with the admittance of a former President on doing so under oath. Today we have to sign our name over and over on contracts to assure others that we are not lying and will keep our word. Doesn’t make much sense since signing my name is not going to change the fact that either I have integrity or I don’t.
Let’s get back to the days when your word and mine meant something. You and I may not be able to change the world but we can change the little part we play by putting honesty and integrity at the top of our personal lives. We may not leave much for the world to remember us by, but my hope is that in the future I am remembered as someone who always kept their word and that my word was my bond.