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What Value, Truth

Updated on October 12, 2012

No such thing as Integrity anymore...

What is truth? We ask a simple question and expect to hear a statement in return that is concise, honest and borrowing a phrase from a bygone era, ‘Something we can hang our hat on…’Why is it seemingly becoming so difficult to arrive at a truthful, dependable answer to the questions we ask?It hasn’t always been this way and if not, why is dishonesty so attractive, prevalent, widespread and used so frequently by so many covering all age groups these days?Do you think it might just be a trend?Is lying and dishonesty just becoming the ‘thing to do’, or is it even possible to find someone out there these days that we can depend on to answer most of the questions of life in a dependable, honest, believable and truthful fashion?Is there no such thing as Integrity anymore?

honest, I swear...
honest, I swear...

It’s always best to tell the truth...

If I had lied to my dad when I was growing up and he found out, I knew full well what to expect because he had often told me what was in store for me when I ‘handled the truth’ so carelessly.In many of our ‘dad and son talks’, dad more than once stressed the importance of always telling him the truth no matter what, or else suffer the consequences and I learned quite early in life just what that meant.“Oh, you might get by with it once or even twice but sooner or later the truth will catch up with you.Once you are pegged as being a liar that title goes with you for the rest of your life” I remember hearing him say and he would finish our menial talks with, “It’s always best to tell the truth!”So as I was growing up I had to ‘take it on the chin’ so to speak many times, but I always felt better in the long run for having been honest and truthful.I just assumed that every other dad had that ‘little talk’ with their children at some time during their formidable years.

Did you ever get caught in a lie as a child?

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lying to the preacher...
lying to the preacher...

Easier to lie than tell the truth...

But fast forward to the present day and what does one see on every turn.People laughing proudly for the deception they exhibit and are able to use prevarication, rather than the truth, to cover their actions or acquire what they want.We’ve all heard about the car salesman that might lie somewhat to close the deal on that car that you need to count on for dependable transportation for yourself and your family. Maybe it was just a little ‘white’ lie you say while you are trying to explain to you ‘most talented’ child why you are unable to take them to the piano recital that’s been planned for over a year just because you can’t get the new car started.Today on TV, I heard the statement that it is okay to lie sometimes! Duh! -- When is it ever okay to lie?Somewhere along the line I’ve must’ve missed something.Like a few years back, when a major politician jokingly said that their testimony before a grand jury was determinate upon ones individual definition of the simple verb ‘is’ just to cover their tracks and what they did - but you say it’s okay for a politician to lie, for a president to lie.I disagree!I wish my dad had been living when Bill Clinton made that remark.I would have loved to hear what my dad had to say about that one…

© 2011 SamSonS

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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    5 years ago from Tennessee

    Thanks so much my friend. If we have no truth, then what do we have? Appreciate your comments...

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    carolina muscle 

    5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    This is extremely well put.. truth is even more important then ever, and just as rare !!!!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    Well they say confession is good for the soul and I promise not to tell, and from one Tennessean to another, "Stop by anytime..."

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    anndavis25 

    6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

    I tell white lies. It keeps the peace.

    Nice hub. Food for thought.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks so much calico Stark for sharing your fine comments. I appreciate your visit.

    *and thank you Jackie for your follow and your nice remarks. I agree sometimes we find ourselves in a 'pickle' so to speak don't we...

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    6 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I really do hate liars and I know a few, they really are despicable people. I do have to say though short of hurting someone's feelings I do not consider it a lie. Like you tell me if your wife/girlfriend asks does my butt look big in these britches, just what are you going to say? Or an awful ugly person all dressed up asks how they look? We love them but we are not blind.

    I do get your message though and it is a good one!

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    calico Stark 

    6 years ago from Earth for the time being

    I believe most people lie for convenience so they can have their cake and eat it too. What happens after you have gobbled up your prize? You get a big, fat stomach ache!

    For those that lie, their gut will churn like an old soap opera. Fear and guilt will eat them from the inside out, unless of course they are a sociopath and in that case run for the hills! Great hub! Vote up and interesting!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks so much for your input. I agree that it appears easier this day and time for some to lie as it is to tell the truth. It's ashamed that the truth is held in such light esteem by many and appears a normal behavior to some.

    Yes, I'm also amazed at Dragon's accuracy...

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    Brett Caulton 

    6 years ago from Asia

    Interesting hub. I think that many people lie, as they are not happy with their lives, and find lying about it seems easier. Many people also like to avoid problems, as it seems more acceptable nowadays to just avoid the problem, than to face it head on.

    The how are you finding your speech to text software now? I'm actually using to write this comment, and the accuracy of it has really surprised me. One tip for you though, don't wait for the text on the screen to catch up with your voice, as you can speak ahead of the text and it will remember and then catch up to you when you do a full stop.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you so much oceansnsunsets for your visit, comments, and ratings. Yes, this is truly a different age we are living in today, nothing like I've ever seen and as you remarked a decline in moral upbringing over the years. Sorry to say Washington doesn't set a very good example for the rest of the country.

    blessings to you and yours during this Christmas season...

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    Paula 

    6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Samsons, you ask good questions here. I agree 100% with what you said, that it hasn't always been this way. It does seem there is almost no integrity any more, no real interest in the truth, ethics, morals even, if I can add that. Add to that, the only time truth matters to some people, is if it personally benefits them, and doesn't "put them out" too much. Very very sad the ways society is changing.

    I am glad someone wrote about it, more should, I should. Its a good thing that those that care about truth, speak up on it and encourage it. I for one, totally respect a person with real integrity. Voted up and more.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    Thanks so much Fiddleman for stopping by and making comment. I'm just thankful I grew up when we did-- I can remember having a 'warm seat' in those britches many times, but I'm still glad my parents loved me enough to teach me what was right...

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    Fiddleman 

    6 years ago

    I learned early to always be truthful but lying seems to be accepted today as the norm. We grew up in a day when a mans word was his bond and many a mans integrity was as good as a firm handshake.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    Thank you molometer, for your visit and I agree with your summation. It's a shame and I feel dishonor, that our elected official treat 'Truth' and 'Integrity' so flippantly...

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    molometer 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Samson1 your welcome buddy.

    Integrity. Many politicians probably would have to look it up in a dictionary, to their eternal shame.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you heavenbound5511 for making your nice comments and reflections. This day and time I find many have never experienced the 'TRUTH' as we know it(Him)...

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    heavenbound5511 

    6 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

    Hi Samson!

    Nice page!

    The truth will and does truly set us free!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks frogyfish for stopping by and commenting. Yes, I guess it is a 'sign of the times' in which we live that like you say even 'truth' is so diluted, it doesn't even mean much anymore...

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    frogyfish 

    6 years ago from Central United States of America

    Indeed, I remember ONE particular time...But the value of truth is vitally and always important! And as you say, it is now so diluted, mocked,it is difficult to trust many...

    Good hub, good thoughts.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you so much Rosemay50 for your nice words of encouragement and for sharing your kind reminisce...

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you molometer for your kindness in displaying this. I am truly honored by your friendly gesture...

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    Rosemary Sadler 

    6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

    Firstly thank you to molometer for leading me here.

    I always drummed it into my children that they would be in worse trouble for telling the lie. They understood this and lived by it.

    However I pranged the car one day and said to them "don't tell your father I prenged the car" My son said right out "You taught us not to lie Mum" So I said it wasn't a lie if he just didn't tell him. On arriving home my daughter aged 8 said " Mummy didn't prang the car daddy"

    That was a lesson for all of us.

    Seriously though it is getting to be a world where we don't know who to believe.

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    molometer 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi samson1, I have posted this on my profile page for others to find and enjoy. It's in my top 3.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    Hi Rebecca, and thanks for dropping by and commenting. Yes, I agree, nothing beats the Truth for sure...

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    Rebecca E. 

    6 years ago from Canada

    well you've said it, and so true, we shouldn't fib or lie, it really long term doesn't help us!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Saintatlarge for stopping by and commenting. You are certainly right, we reap what we sow- that just doesn't seem to bother the masses.

    blessings to you my friend...

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    Saint Lawrence 

    6 years ago from Canada

    Hi samsons. It seems that the truth is being constantly disassembled and reassembled to please the parties at large. I once worked in auto sales and the owners son came to me and said, "that I would never survive in the industry without lying." It seems that in many circles it's an accepted nature. But as we know, you will always reap what you sow. Blessings.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks lifegate, so good to see you again, I always appreciate your commenting...

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    William Kovacic 

    6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

    "Today on TV, I heard the statement that it is okay to lie sometimes! Duh! -- When is it ever okay to lie?Somewhere along the line I’ve must’ve missed something." I think I missed it too. Thanks fopr bring me "up to date" (lol).

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    Thanks so much Pam for stopping by and sharing about your childhood. It is so normal for us to lie as children. That's way it's good to learn this lesson early in life so that we are better equipped in adolescence and adulthood...

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I got caught a couple of time lying to my parents also and it didn't go well for me. I am thankful to be raised by parents that taught me the value of being honest. Thanks for an interesting hub.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    7 years ago from Tennessee

    Thanks Dave for being first to respond. You are right, my mom use to say you tell one lie then have to tell two or three more to cover up the first one...

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    Dave Mathews 

    7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    After being caught in a lie just once with my parents, I learned that it is easier and safer and better to always tell the truth, because when one lies one has to remember that lie just in case, but the truth is the truth and never changes.

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