Do you believe honesty is the best policy?

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  1. MarieLB profile image80
    MarieLBposted 3 years ago

    Do you believe honesty is the best policy?

    . . . .more. .   Is it, in your opinion ALWAYS so?  Would you stick with that maxim if the stakes were high and you had a good chance of getting away with it, OR do you think that is all hogwash and is used to control the naive ?

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    Cissy1946posted 3 years ago

    I believe that honesty is the best policy with a couple of exceptions. I'm not going to tell a friend that the new dress that she absolutely adores looks like crap on her (or variations on that theme) and when confronted with another person, child or adult, who is upset and in a state of near hysteria I will comfort them with the lie that everything will be all right.

    There was a time when I was only honest if I couldn't avoid it. But over the years I learned that no matter how clever you think you are, everything comes back to you and not pleasantly. In the end, the person hurt the most by your dishonesty is yourself--unless you're a sociopath, then nothing bothers you.

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      threekeysposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Never say "never" or "always".  People who deceive are seen as socially adept and sophisticated. Such people tend to mess with your head. The extreme form being a charismatic sociopath. Honesty is the best policy but don't use it to hurt or squirm.

    2. MarieLB profile image80
      MarieLBposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      So true and down to earth Cecelia Switzer.  I am with you all the way on this.  Thank you. AND to ThreeKeys, Your reply smacks of a real fair-minded answer.  Thanks for joining in.

  3. Venkatachari M profile image48
    Venkatachari Mposted 3 years ago

    Honesty is good till is workable. But, there can be certain cases or times when you should go off way to deal with such circumstances. You can't stick to it always as the world may not let you live.

    1. MarieLB profile image80
      MarieLBposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I cannot but agree VM. Sometimes one has to sidestep the stark answer rather than cause pain or discomfort, no?  I appreciate your "honest" answer VM.  Thank you.

  4. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 3 years ago

    Usually, yes. However, political correctness is getting in the way of that policy.

    1. MarieLB profile image80
      MarieLBposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Too right, Tamara White. The pendulum has swung too far right.  I guess it wont be long and it will go the other way.  Thanks for your input.

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