I think it’s fair to say that dishonesty is really starting to creep into the world around us. It’s very sad, but it seems like a lot of people feel it’s acceptable to not tell the truth.
It amazes me when people casually claim to have not received items in the post, that didn’t require a signature, and feel it’s ok to essentially defraud the company that sent it.
Some are often willing to embellish, or even fabricate, complaints as well in order to gain compensation.
I think it's likely that a lot of people will have also been let down when work colleagues have not told the truth, usually to shift the blame or discredit someone else. They may have also overheard people ‘crossing the line’ when selling things to customers as well.
So who do we blame for this? Should we point the finger at Mrs Thatcher, our education system and soap operas, or do we think this isn't a problem? Even worse, do we think it’s ok to behave like this, that big businesses deserve to lose out and that colleagues would do the same thing to us given half the chance?
I’m sure that people reading this will feel otherwise, but may feel that there’s very little they can do to change things. I honestly believe you can, and that you should start making ripples in the water.
I can’t say that you'll always be better off being honest, as there probably isn't some magic karmic wheel balancing everything out, but you’ll probably feel better when you look at yourself in the mirror.
What could really be worth compromising your integrity for and destroying your reputation? Gaining people’s trust and respect is something you can’t put a price on, and it’s something only you can evaluate.
You should also take a second to think about how dishonest people are viewed by those around them, and it really can’t be a good example to set you children as well.
We all have the ability to do the right thing, and show others the benefits of doing things right. Even if you only change the views of one person, it’s a start. I genuinely believe that this is something we should all aspire to and that we would all be better off if we took personal responsibility and were completely honest and open.
Let’s make a difference right now.