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  HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY

This is just a sample paragraph which would help you with a few points on how to attempt this question. However, it is recommended for students to write this answer on your own. This is merely for your reference and can be continued.

Honesty is the best policy:

"There is nothing as powerful as the truth and often nothing as strange." To hide a lie, one usually has to tell a hundred more lies. Imagine how easy life would become if one didn't have to lie for every lie he had told. Honesty keeps a man tension free, not worrying about any repercussions or bad consequences. It makes a person strong-willed and confident about his/her goals and ways to fulfil his dreams. Being true and honest is not so difficult, it is merely the absence of lies and mistrust in one's mind. If we talk about two sides of a coin, one would be of truth and being honest while the other would be the easy way out. Facing truth and reality is tougher and yet always rewarding rather than taking the short-cut to gain happiness and success. (to be continued...)

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 Truth is a multi-faceted concept. Honesty is but one aspect to be considered. Possibly the most important consideration is the ability to recognize reality objectively. Since all social interaction is reflective of individual processing, and when this processing is objective, all falsity, be it self or socially-inflicted, can not stand.

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 Simply put; a policy is a collection of decisions made by the policyholder. Honesty's policy is no exception; it too consists of a collection of decisions. The only difference is it has a lot more than just one policyholder. Therefore, the question should not be "Is honesty the best policy?" rather "Out of 6 million people, whose policy is the best?" Since it can't be all 6 million of them, I will answer the question "no", some honesty policies stink.

 



In some policies, there are several stipulations written in fine print and their penalties are brutally stringent (honest). There are no grace periods for change of heart and in place of leniency, a late charge is applied; that's their policy and they stress throughout it that they are not responsible for any damage resulting from adhering to their terms. In other words, "the truth hurts" is part of their policy and they'll reveal their honesty, citing it clause after clause.




In other polices there are no stipulations at all. They are held by holders, who are willing to make amendments; accordingly. There are no penalties, no late charges and most importantly, there is no fine print to sift through and there's no hidden clause to hurt you. There are no X's marked and there are no dotted lines to sign on; there's no risk or high-rate factor. These policyholders have written in a compassion clause that exempts you from all of that. (Compiled with best intentions, these policies are trustworthy and merit all the appreciation their holders receive.)




The thing about policies is that the policyholder can, at any time, change his or hers. There are no written rules requiring its contents remain in tact and unaltered forever more. If (for example) you find yourself getting ready to hurt someone's feelings because "bluntness" appears under Section 3 in paragraph seven, you can always take out a pen and rewrite paragraph 7. (No one has ever written his or her policies in stone.)




The only thing worse than having a bad honesty policy, is not having any honesty policy. If you are not an honesty policyholder (of some sort) then you're just a liar. Your "collection of decisions" (concocted of lies) have no stipulations, no clauses or fine print because you have no convictions; you have no policy at all. ...Ironically, though liars lie to benefit themselves (in some way or another), people who don't hold convictions, hold nothing and are left empty-handed.


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The old scheme of values is now falling into pieces. Looking around a man now easily finds that dishonest and corrupt people are making steady progress and are materially prosperous. Naturally, a question arises for him – what is the necessity of maintaining strict honesty or following an honest course of life?

The answer is, however, not far to seek. Some people may gain some high post or score a spectacular success by questionable means but that is all in the short run. Ultimately, it is the honest and upright man that wins the palm (glory). So Swami Vivekananda used to say – no noble deed can be performed by clever tricks (chalaki). Devotion and diligence are called for to accomplish every work, great or small.

It is this connection the old story is worth recalling. The axe (short iron piece) of a woodcutter fell into the river by chance he was engaged in cutting branches of a tree. The poor fellow began to cry and prayed to God to help him. Then the water-God came out of water with a golden axe and offered it to the distressed woodcutter. But the latter refused to accept it since it was not his own. Next, the Water-God came with a sliver axe and temptingly offered it to woodcutter. Again, the poor fellow declined. At last, the iron axe was offered to him and he gladly and gratefully accepted it. Gandhiji advised Parsi Rustamji, his South-African friend and client, to confess his guilt of smuggling to the Customs officer concerned and pay the full penalty in penance. Rustomji abided by Gandhiji’s advice and honestly pursued his trade thereafter. He made immense fortune then.

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