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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mormons and Honesty: Part 3: Honesty and Society

Occasionally I see a coin on the ground, a penny for example. I might be walking into the grocery store, a restaurant or just in any store.


Most people would pick up the coin.


I don't know who the coin actually belongs to. I don't know how it got lost. I can be pretty sure whoever it belongs to won't come back for it or even find it if they did. Others are very likely to pick it up whether it is theirs or not. There is only one thing I can be sure of.


It isn't mine. . . 


Most people can be bought. It is just a question of price.


Would you sleep with someone for a million dollars? Would you sleep with someone for one dollar? If you do the deed based on the amount of money it is just a question of price. If you do the deed at all then it is established what you are.


If keeping your anonymity can determine whether you engage in a particular act then you are not honest. Honesty is  based on whether you do the deed at all.


If your behavior changes based on who you are with, where you are, the time of day, or whether you think you will be caught, then you are not honest.


Daily deceptions in society usually aren't particularly overt. We live in houses that we can't afford. We drive vehicles we can't afford. We wear clothes we can't afford. Few will ever know of our deceptions.


We tell people they look nice. We tell people we are glad to see them. We tell people to have a nice day. We tell people a lot of things we don't really mean.


Have you ever considered how many deceptions, socially acceptable deceptions, you engage in in one day alone? Isn't the cumulative effect horrendous?


Our society is becoming more and more tolerant of dishonesty. Are we becoming more dishonest with it?


Honesty won't make us popular.


Is popularity more important to us than honesty?


If we live in a home we can truly afford, drive a car that is paid for and wear clothes that are plain and of our own make what is wrong with that?


Simple. It won't get us where we want to be in society, or impress who we want to impress, even if it is only ourselves. See my prior posting on The Counterfeit Self.


How honest are you with society? Maybe it is time to really think about it and make some course corrections.


Clean up your language so you aren't making a lot of statements you don't mean. Clean up your behavior so you aren't doing a lot of things you should regret.


Start living honestly and commit to living honestly in the future.



Mormons and Honesty: Part 1: Introduction

Mormons and Honesty: Part 2: Honesty and the Church

Mormons and Honesty: Part 3: Honesty and Society

Mormons and Honesty: Part 4: Honesty and Others

Mormons and Honesty: Part 5: Honesty and Ourselves

Mormons and Honesty: Part 6: Conclusion

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