Honesty

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Honesty involves integrity, truthfulness, the absence of deceit and being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere.

“no legacy is so rich as honesty”

William Shakespeare

Honesty means more than not lying. A more complete definition of honesty shows that an honest person doesn’t do things that are morally wrong. If something you do is breaking the law or if you have to hide what you are doing because you’ll get in trouble, you are probably not being honest. So honesty is about speaking and acting truthfully.

  • Honesty means you don’t say things about people that aren’t true. You are not being honest if you make up rumors about someone or if you share rumors someone else made up.
  • Being honest means you admit to your actions, even if you’ll get in trouble. You are not being honest if you deny you did something wrong when you really did it.
  • Honesty means you explain how a situation really happened. You are not being honest if you say something happened one way when it really happened another way.

Honesty is closely connected with authenticity.

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