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  1. Honesty is an ethical category, and since ancient times, the golden rule of ethics has been known – to act in such a way that your behavior can become a universal law (or any other variation on this formula).

    Here you are walking down the street, and a person's bill has fallen out. Would you like to live in a society where the norm is to silently take a dropped bill for yourself? Or do you prefer a society where the norm is to honestly give a bill to someone who has lost it? And what do you think, it is possible to call a society a group of people among whom there is no cooperation? And what kind of cooperation can we talk about when there are people around you who need an eye and an eye, who will easily take advantage of your inattention? It turns out that if you want to live in society at all, you should be honest and set an example to others with your honesty.

    But let's say that life has taken a sharp turn and now we live in an environment where blondes are simply caught on the streets and dragged to prison. You are walking down the street, the police are chasing the blond man, he dives into the alley next to you, and the police run up to you and ask where he ran to. You don't risk anything, except that in one case you will become the person responsible for the fact that that guy was caught and dragged to prison, and in the other you will not. It was fair to tell them that, wasn't it? But do you want to live in a society where people turn each other in to the authorities just for the color of their hair? Can you trust the members of such a society? Can you consider such authorities who are persecuted for their hair color to be part of their society, and do you want to be in the same society with them? And if they're not part of your society, do you have a duty to be honest with them? And can you even call them a society, if they can start to persecute for the color of their hair-you never know, what if they don't like dark-haired people tomorrow, and you are a dark-haired person? If they can't be called a society, then you don't have a choice between one society and another, your choice is between a society and something that isn't a society at all. That is, again, it turns out that if you want to live in society, you should be dishonest and set an example to others by your dishonesty.

    But doesn't the second example look somewhat artificial? That is, it is possible and we all know cases when it was so, but it clearly does not pretend to be ordinary. That is, by default, honesty is good, but there are times when there are better things than honesty. Or vice versa – dishonesty is bad, but there are worse things than dishonesty.

    This is generally a normal, healthy situation when we have a lot of ethical norms and we choose in each individual moment which one to follow here and now, because if there is only one norm that is above all others , then what kind of ethics is it when you are ready to commit any other abomination in order to be honest?

  2. If you have deceived someone, then someone will deceive you. That's the whole point. Do you want people to be honest with you? OK! Be honest with people.

  3. Nothing just happens in life and does not disappear without a trace.
    This also applies to how we should behave.
    A person is free to choose what to do in this or that situation.
    If he acts according to his conscience (honestly), he improves the quality of his soul.
    And it worsens it if it doesn't act honestly.
    Our freedom lies in the direction in which we carry our soul with our actions.
    To hell, to the devil.
    Or to heaven, to God.
    Therefore, it makes sense to live honestly.

  4. Need. It is necessary to live in such a way that there is no shame in front of yourself, and honesty is one of the main elements of this, but there is a clarification – honesty does not mean going and telling everyone in person what you think about them, for example. If you build a hierarchy of ethics, then above honesty, for example, do not hurt people. This means that if your honesty is hurting someone, you'd better keep your mouth shut. By analogy – if you have a shovel in your hands, then do not hit people on the head with it, go better and make a water channel. It's the same here. Honesty can be both a medicine and a weapon. And the point is to be honest – so that people just understand and respect you. Our current world is being bent for money, and this has always gone sideways. It is not money that can make a reliable peace, but only peace on bayonets. Honesty gives you and the people around you a really solid foundation in life.

  5. I think so, but you can not put it on display, it denigrates it (honesty). In some cases, honesty is a hindrance, and even sometimes honesty is blocked by a protective reaction of the body, let's say you dropped something and broke it, you know – you will fly for it, and you do not answer honestly. Because it triggers the midbrain's defense mechanism. But let's not delve into the physiology. Honesty is a convenience for some, but a discomfort for others. Live in the middle ground between honesty and flattery, because lying is not always necessary, as well as telling the truth. I hope the answer was helpful 🙂

  6. Everyone decides for themselves whether they need to live honestly, and whether this makes any sense for them.
    The understanding of honesty in this case is very individual, if only because there is neither absolute honesty nor absolute lies: they are unreachable. But there is a variation in mixing both on the scale of absolutes.

    The only decision that is more or less consistent with the question asked looks like a choice to be more honest than dishonest, or vice versa. All this depends on the goal that a person has set for himself.

    As a rule, the greater this goal is, the higher it is, and the more ethical it is , the greater the need for honesty.
    The lower, shallower, and more primitive it is , the smaller it is.

    The meaning of honesty is to make the world a better place than it was before, for most of those around you, by putting your strength, energy, and giving (outgoing flow, the need to be a donor) into this process. This is only possible for those who are stronger than others and have already outgrown them.
    Such a person seeks to generate positive emotions and deal with all negativity, but rarely takes into account the opposite moods of the majority, which they want to raise to their level. As a result, he often “spoils the life” of others, not knowing how to use honesty.

    The meaning of dishonesty is to become stronger at the expense of others, to take away without giving anything away. In fact, this is vampirism, it is required for survival (first of all – physical and material).
    Such a choice is the lot of weak people who are not confident in their own strength and in themselves. They need some kind of victory over the world to assert themselves in this game, and the most successful moves are deceptive.
    By and large, this would not be particularly bad if they knew how to use lies – which, if applied correctly, do no harm. You just need to know where to stop, see the limit of the necessary lies.�

    But both the former and the latter are drawn into this kind of game, their sense of proportion is lost – and almost all people on Earth are prone to Santa Barbaras and wars. The honest fight with each other, the honest fight with the dishonest, the dishonest fight with each other, and the dishonest fight with the honest.

    Be able to distinguish between truth and falsehood, manage them, and apply them only where necessary. Then everything will be fine. People who have mastered this art are happy themselves and make others happy – but there are very few such people.

    And absolute honesty doesn't make sense.
    I've been completely honest with you – and I can also add that I always lie.

  7. Many people value honesty and integrity. Is such a person reliable, who acts honestly? We can definitely say that yes.

    Whether we are honest or not depends on the attitude of other people towards us. If they know that you have deceived them even once, they stop trusting you, and it is not easy to regain lost trust. On the other hand, if you are truthful and honest, you will have a reputation for being reliable and trustworthy. Always being honest is not easy, it may be necessary to sacrifice something, but we will find a clear conscience and a sense of satisfaction from being trusted by others. An honest person is truthful and never deceives. Creates a climate of trust between people and promotes healthy, strong relationships.

  8. Many people value honesty and integrity. Is such a person reliable, who acts honestly? We can definitely say that yes.

    Whether we are honest or not depends on the attitude of other people towards us. If they know that you have deceived them even once, they stop trusting you, and it is not easy to regain lost trust. On the other hand, if you are truthful and honest, you will have a reputation for being reliable and trustworthy. Always being honest is not easy to be, you may have to sacrifice something, but chi

  9. How to live honestly depends very much on those around you. And living as a white crow is difficult. As they say, ” To live with wolves is to howl like a wolf…” I advise you to watch the movie “The Invention of Lies”.

  10. People don't like it when they are ruled by dishonest rulers, people don't like it when they are cheated and cheated when buying and selling, when doing other things, when they are profited from, don't like it when they are secretly cheated on by their relatives, betrayed by friends, sold by lovers, when they are openly lied to, when they are used-all this and much more is dishonesty, dishonesty, dishonesty, so think about how your dishonesty looks from the outside. Do to others as you would like people to do to you.

    This is all about our life in this world, but some also believe in another, Higher world, a world of reward for honesty and righteousness, as well as for dishonor and deceit.

    Rev 22: 11-12: “Let the unrighteous still do unrighteousness; let the unclean still be defiled; let the righteous do righteousness still, and let the holy one be sanctified still. Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to reward every man according to his works.”

  11. Quintilian gave the following definition of honesty: Truth, legality, virtue, justice, meekness-all these can be combined in the concept of “honesty”.

    Heinrich Heine was wiser: “Honesty is a beautiful thing if everyone around you is honest, and you are one crook.

    Zhvanetsky about us: Have you ever seen a person who never lies? It's hard to see him, and everyone avoids him.

    The answer to your question was given by Thomas Jefferson: I have not noticed that people's honesty increases with their wealth.

    In other words, if you want to live like God sent you, be honest. At the same time, the awareness of your own honesty seems to bring satisfaction only to you. Live at peace with yourself, but be at odds with the rest of the world.

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