Is it possible to be too honest, or is honesty always the best policy?
I was never disappointed when I went with the phrase, “honesty is the best policy”.
I can remember twice I went with my belief truth should triumph. The first time at age seven my classmate tore off the pages in my book, it was my homework she wanted. I could not give it to her because the school bell was rung for the teachers and students to assemble for prayer, I was supposed to be there for prayer before the school started.
I came back and found the pages missing from my book. I was afraid I didn’t know what to say to my teacher about the missing homework. When I was called to give my homework, I showed her my book with the missing pages and explained why they were missing. I told her my classmate asked for my homework, I was unable to give it to her because I had to run to the place where our teachers were waiting to start our daily prayer.
It was up to the teacher to believe me or my classmate, who denied tearing the pages. The teacher looked at both of us and said, “I believe Chaman.”
Then when the principal of the school where I was teaching, asked me to find out who amongst us teachers on duty forgets to turn the hall lights off before they left for lunch. I went and asked all the teachers, they all said , “we always do”. I realized then I did not know we were expected to turn off all the lights when we were on school duty before we left for lunch, I was the one who was guilty of not turning off the lights.
The Principal was embarrassed when I told him I’m the only person who did not turn the lights off before going for lunch. I remember he looked at me, grinned and said, “no it’s not true.”
“Yes it is Mr. Hancock”,I said!
My experience asserts strongly, “Honesty is the Best Policy.”