honesty

it’s the best policy

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An idiom that everyone has heard is “honesty is the best policy.” FreeDictionary.com explains what this idiom actually entails:

Honesty is the best policy. Prov. You should always tell the truth, even when it seems as if it would be useful to tell a lie. Jill: I borrowed Jane’s white blouse without asking her, and then I spilled tomato sauce on it. Should I tell her what happened, or should I just put the blouse back in her closet and hope she won’t notice? Jane: Honesty is the best policy.

Since a young age, I have been taught that it is always best to be honest in everything that you do and the truth will set you free.

To play a little devil’s advocate, the reality is, we don’t need weapons to mortally wound those closest to us. Words (honesty) cut like knives and they make it easy to bury your relationship because of the verbal cuts of a “truthful” tongue.

“Honesty is the best policy” was given to me as a blog post suggestion, and after a little research on debate.org, it appears that honesty might not be the best policy. This little idiom is getting a lot of heat, but in return many people are sticking up for honesty. For me, I look at it like this lately, we see things around us which are not honest. Dishonesty is something we are in a constant battle with. Sure, dishonesty will help some shine, but the luster can only last for a short time. Honesty is courageous and bold while dishonesty is a cowardly and bleak. How can a honest person not come out as shining star? A dishonest person will always lose the battle in the end, and a honest person will win a place in the hearts of people. With all of this said, isn’t honesty is the best policy?

Just be honest and everything else will come in place. Do you agree that honesty is the best policy? If you don’t I would love to hear your thoughts on what the best policy is.