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Old 09-30-2001, 08:51 PM   #1
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The Importance of Honesty

Is honesty always the best policy, or are some things best left unsaid?

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Old 09-30-2001, 09:03 PM   #2
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I think tact and honesty can go hand in hand.

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Old 09-30-2001, 09:43 PM   #3
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Is honesty always the best policy, or are some things best left unsaid?

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Yes.
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Old 09-30-2001, 09:59 PM   #4
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Honesty is best.
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They don't call it "brutally honest" for nothing. When telling the truth does more harm than good, I think it's better to keep quiet. You don't necessarily have to lie.

Example: You've been cheating on your partner. A) You're a useless bastard. B) If you own up to it, you're probably just doing it so that you may feel better about yourself, but in reality you're just hurting the one you're supposed to love. It's better to keep quiet and either never do it again or get out of the relationship.
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Old 10-04-2001, 11:57 PM   #6
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Hmmmm...

See my signature! LOL!

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Old 10-06-2001, 03:38 AM   #7
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I agree with you Mystery Girl!

But tact helps.., if you are eloquent enough..and if people still get offended--tough shit for them! grow up, and take it as a mature adult!

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Old 10-14-2001, 02:53 AM   #8
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i like being brutally honest
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My ideal definition of honesty is try not to suppress your thoughts and feelings. I really enjoy it when I suprise myself and say excacly what I feel, no matter the concequences. If you think about it, it's one of the few freedoms we have as individuals.

But you also have to respect the others' beliefs, opinions ect. So it's difficult to keep a balance, especially in our competitive society.


To be honest, I think we are honest only when we're drunk.




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To be honest, I think we are honest only when we're drunk.
Uh oh! In that case, I've never been honest in my entire life!
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Yeah, and I am honest every weekend...oh, wait, thatīs true!

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Klodomir,
I actually have to disagree. If you have cheated on someone, its absolute must that you tell the person you cheated on. It is selfish move to protect yourself not to tell. You hurt the other person more if you don't tell them, because that person continue's to think that your an honest person that loves and respects them, when in fact that could not be further from the truth. The person cheated on does not have this critical info about the other person and is not free to really decide if they should try to find someone else that will love and respect them. They continue you to believe that the cheater loves and respects them.
So again, if you care about the other person, honesty is always the best policy!
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