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?

 

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About agent909

Kevin Yulianto is a private trader and equity portfolio manager with over 4 years of experience. He was born in Jakarta at July 18th 1994, graduated with Bachelor of Medicine Degree from Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia in 2015 and is expected to receive Master of Management Degree from Binus Business School in 2017. Currently he is pursuing his professional certification in the CFA and FRM program, in which he passed level 1 for both program in 2016. Kevin is an avid traveler and photographer, with a record of 32 countries visited in 2016. He is a freelance contributor at Getty Image and is running two website in his spare time, journeyman.live and idxstockwatch.wordpress.com.
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