Is Honesty the Best Policy in Our Life?

Have you ever tell your kids to always be honest person? If you have kids, most of you probably have done it. How about telling your kids to lie for you? Like the last time my mother tell me to say “she’s not here” when she doesn’t feel like answering a call. It’s a matter of situation I guess, when everything seems alright it is easy to established some set of rules like honesty, integrity, hard work, etc. But then trouble comes, you are in a bad mood, or you are afraid someone will notice the mistake you made. That is the time when our beliefs are tested. Will we be True to ourself or take a shortcut and deceived ourself?

Sometimes I, myself faced to such situation and think “just this time I will lie” and get with it. But that’s nonsense, I know I’m not being True to myself every time I do it, but it seems I just can’t resist it. Why? I imagine the impact of not lying, and as a rational person when the benefit is more than the risk of getting caught lying, I’ll do it. But I believe I will never become a responsible man that way, that’s not how I want to be remembered. So I make some rules which I promise I will not break whatever the situation. 

Honesty and taking responsibility. That’s two rules I’m trying to live with, it is not easy to tell the truth every time. I think it’s better to not saying anything at all rather than lying, but  isn’t it mean I’m not being True to myself too? What do you think about how our society respond to such situation?

If you knock someone’s car without anybody seeing, what will you do? Are you going act as a responsible person, or are you going to rationalize that other people will flee too?


About Kevin

Kevin is an Emerging Markets Research Analyst at a global macro investment firm based in Montreal, Canada. Originally trained to be a medical doctor, he found his passion in capital markets after being involved in managing portion of his family’s equity portfolio. Kevin holds Masters degree in both finance and management, has passed all levels of CFA exam, and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Professional Financial Modeller (PFM). He read voraciously and has a hobby of tinkering (read: programming) his systematic equity and volatility trading model for the “Quantimental” investment firm he founded. In his spare time, Kevin likes to travel the world and become a freelance photographer for Getty Images. To date, he has a portfolio of over 1200 pictures across 35 countries.
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