This I Believe

Gina - Scottsdale, Arizona
Entered on May 12, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: integrity
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I believe that honesty will set you free. All personal relationships are

based on honesty, and without trust, there can be no real relationship.

Imagine a world where you could always believe what a person was

saying. How different a planet this would be if you could believe it when

someone told you something without wondering whether or not it was true.

Think of how better we all would be if the sea of souls in every land were

honestly open and accountable for their actions. What a dream! Life

definitely would be nicer if everyone told the truth.

Parents should teach and encourage honesty with their children

because it teaches children that being honest is good, and lying is bad. If

you teach your children early in life about being honest, chances

are good that they will be honest throughout their life. I was taught by my

parents to always tell the truth; sometimes it still resulted in my being in

trouble, but because I had been honest about the situation in question, my

consequences were less harsh.

In some cases, however, there is such a thing as being “too honest.”

For example, if someone asks you if you like a shirt that he/she is wearing,

instead of saying what you honestly might be feeling, like, “It’s the ugliest

thing I have ever seen. What were you thinking,” you might say, “It’s nice,

but it’s not really my style .”

In conclusion, I believe that honesty is the best policy in almost all

cases, but sometimes it becomes necessary to sidestep the honest truth in

order to spare someone’s feelings.