Tell the truth and keep your promises. Be honest and dependable. Seems terribly simple, doesn’t it? These are characteristics we all can cite as important. No one would have an issue with this ideal being taught to children. And I am sure everyone reading this would say they are trustworthy themselves. But once you dig a little deeper and apply an adult perspective things change…. or do they? For this next part of my Scout Law project, let’s examine Honesty & Truthfulness in terms of the value Trustworthy.
Honesty and truthfulness
Do you always tell the truth?
I’ll save you the suspense – no, you probably do not. I know I do not always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And I doubt you do either. If we didn’t, society might look like this:
The Invention of Lying
Does that make us liars? Yes, it probably does. Does that make us less than trustworthy? Good question. Perhaps it’s a matter of serving the greater good.
The shades of truth approach is usually reserved protect someone’s feelings but sometimes it can be for convenience. I believe it’s that shift that is the slippery moral slope.
In this context, it’s not difficult to see why we would want our sons and daughters to be honest. But would we want them to be in all cases? There’s no surprise why trustworthiness is a universal moray – it’s a necessary stitch in the fabric of community. But how about Honesty? Tell us what you think in the comments below.