Honesty - Term Overview


Honesty is understood as a human virtue consisting of the love of justice and truth above personal benefit or convenience. Honest or honest people are expected to tell the truth above all else, to be fair and reasonable, to act with integrity, or to be transparent in their motivations.

According to a more philosophical point of view, honesty would consist of acting and speaking according to what one feels or thinks, and not what is more convenient to do or say to others.

It is, then, a form of coherence between thought and action, but also between the individual and the norms that are considered correct by the community in which it operates.

Rather, dishonesty is a lack of commitment to truth and justice, which is why dishonest people are often prone to lying, theft, deception, falsehood, or pretense.

Various thinkers of human antiquity valued honesty as one of the greatest virtues of the human being. From Marco Tulio Cicero, in ancient Rome, to the Chinese Confucius, the codes of conduct proposed for the foundation of human societies include to some extent honesty as even a divine value, rewarded with elevation and its faults instead sanctioned with the punishment.

Examples of honesty

Some everyday examples of honesty are:

  • A person on the street drops a few bills. Even though it means financial gain to himself, the honest individual will return it to its rightful owner.
  • Honest witnesses to an event or crime report the truth to the police or judges, so that facts prevail over opinions or convenience.
  • Honest politicians, if they exist, would be those whose commitment to the common good and whose respect for their people prevent them from accepting bribes or bribes, and therefore don't leave public office converted into millionaires.
  • When a merchant makes a mistake in the return in our favor, we will indicate the mistake made if we are honest people.
  • Honest students are those who don't copy themselves from their classmates, or from the book, or do tricks to deceive the teacher, because they are committed to their truth and their knowledge: if they don't know the answer, they don't know it.
  • Honest people don't blame third parties for their mistakes, but face them and abide by the consequences.
  • An honest individual doesn't accept commitments (work, emotional, of any kind) knowing that he will not be able or has no intention of fulfilling them.
  • An honest partner tells their better half the truth of what they feel, even if it means being left alone.
  • A seller's honesty is put to the test when he has to offer a product. If you're an honest person, you'll not exaggerate the benefits of your product, nor will you lie about its use or its quality, without trying to make the sale.
  • An honest worker doesn't try to get others to do his job for him, but knows how far his responsibilities go.

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