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Does Honesty Matter? How Much?

February 26, 2013

The check is in the mail.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow often do we hear that and take it to mean a sarcastic excuse rather than an honest statement? And lately it’s become a series of statements, people saying they’ve sent checks or other payment that never arrive. Or aren’t sent when promised.

So is honesty old fashioned? It’s outdated like horse drawn wagons – still used by some while the rest of the world moves on?

I see a near panic about dairy companies hiding aspertame in milk – and see the responses by those involved in the dairy industry showing the rest of the truth the panic monsters leave out. Two sources include Dairy Carrie and Zweber Farms. Both of these sources I know to be honest and trustworthy. If they tell me “the check is in the mail” I know I can plan on a trip to the bank instead of bank fees.

Do we as a society get so wrapped up in the headlines and panic reactions that it takes that adrenaline rush to survive? In my experience, yes!

We can’t just state something we must make it a crisis. And when there is a crisis, well then it’s not personal enough so may or may not mean anything.

I was brought up at a time when I was taught if you tell someone you’re going to do something at a certain time you’d better do it. If you said you’d pay something the 15th, then pay it the 15th. Or before.

Unfortunately, in today’s world that doesn’t hold true. It’s cost us but those who hold fast know we mean what we say. And in the big scheme of things, maybe that counts for something.

We can hope honesty and the truth still matters. It’s tough when relying on so many that don’t hold to the same level, be it companies and nameless, faceless majority or the individual, still out here seeking an honest living.

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