Day 41 (forty-one) of 365 days

Honest Pinocchio | Image from yatzer.com

Sincerity, openness, and truthfulness in one’s words and actions. Honesty helps foster strong, meaningful, and happy relationships throughout our lives. Much of the suffering in families, in relationships, and even in societies are due to dishonesty. This virtue helps us resist the temptation of instant gratification and cutting corners for our self-interest. It also helps understand discretion.

Most of us use lies, time over time, to avoid difficult situations and hide our feelings or intentions. However, lying always comes with a price whilst the truth is invaluable. More broadly, you present yourself genuinely and sincerely, without pretense, and taking responsibility for your feelings and actions.

You would be a person of integrity — you are who you say you are — and you act consistently across the domains of your life rather than being one-way in the community and a completely different way in your family. As a result, you believe you are being consistently true to yourself.

The strength of honesty is often linked to self-concordance — the extent to which your goals accurately represent your implicit interests and values. This strength involves accurately representing your internal states, intentions, and commitments, both publicly and privately.

Simplicity in life cannot be achieved without honesty. Honesty can live without simplicity, but simplicity cannot live without honesty.

On the other hand, when we choose honesty in all aspects of life including our marriage, our business, and our relationships, we live the same life wherever we are. Honesty leads to simplicity but dishonesty leads to duplicity.