Imagine us all being honest to each other’s faces in our daily lives. What would it be like entering your office and telling your boss how short and ugly he actually looked? Or turning to your wife and telling her she’s not as pretty as she once was? Or telling your in – laws that they’re more of an annoyance than a pleasure being with? So is honesty really the best policy? And we’re still told it is the best policy as children.
There is a difference in completely lying and being rather diplomatic in our ways. Like Billy Joel once sung, “Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue. Honesty is hardly ever heard.” I think there’s a reason it is as lonely as it seems to be. The term honesty is over rated in my opinion. Being nice to someone in pain or lying to another to for your own good isn’t a crime. Unless of course, it’s done with ill will. People have reasons for twisting the truth. And those may very well vary. Some twist the truth to main a reputation of their and some may use that very same twisted truth to bring down the reputation of another. It’s up to us to upmire what’s right and what’s wrong.
The phrase “Honesty Is The Best Policy” is globally applauded. However, in the practical world it seems to be like a farce to me. No one is truly honest. Not even the most righteous ones. There’s no harm in the truth being altered, however it’s shouldn’t be completely denied. It’s said, “An honest answer is the sign of true friendship”. But how often are we really true to even our best friends? As a matter of fact, how often are we true to ourselves? It’s all good as a “saying” but you know it and so do I that it can’t be practiced. I wonder whether Franklin lived up to it himself. It’s the best policy, and the“best” is seldom real. To be honest, there is no such thing as Absolute Honesty.