Honesty, the Best Policy: Weekend Poll

By: wheatmeister
January 12, 2013

Are you truly honest in all your dealings?  What does that mean anyway?

Which of the following constitute not being honest in all your dealings? (Choose all that apply)

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7 Responses to Honesty, the Best Policy: Weekend Poll

  1. Jettboy on January 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Who wrote this, a Marxist?

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  2. Jettboy on January 12, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Questions to add with this kind of listing:

    Preaches man-made Global Warming, but watches television all day, uses lights when it gets dark, writes a blog, and drives a regular gas car.

    Thinks rich people are selfish, but goes on trips to Vegas and Hawaii with the family.

    Teaching love for all and then calling your political rival heartless.

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  3. hawkgrrrl on January 13, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Jettboy, looks like a Marxist voted anyway. I don’t see using loopholes that exist in the tax code or offshore banking as dishonest.

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  4. Douglas on January 13, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    Some of the examples are as stupid as the dilemma of keeping a Jewish family under the floorboards of your farmhouse. Then Standartenfuhrer Landa shows up and asks you if you’re hiding Jews. Should you be “honest” and show the good little Nazi where they are so they can be packed off to Auschwitz…or do you try to pull the wool over his eyes until at least the teenaged girl gets a headstart sprinting across the fields?

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  5. hawkgrrrl on January 13, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Douglas, actually Sam Harris in the book Lying points out the flaw with that line of thinking. In lying to the Nazis, there will be unintended consequences. For one, it’s an act of non-aggression toward someone with an evil intention. Confronting evil or stopping it may be better. Regardless, as he points out, in lying to them, someone down the road will get it instead. The evil still happens. You haven’t deterred it by lying, just kept it off your own doorstep at the expense of an unseen neighbor.

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  6. Douglas on January 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    HawkChick – the reason I used the “lie to Nazis” story, couched as Quentin Tarantino portrayed it, is that real life does not give us neatly packaged choices. The farmer was making a good faith effort to protect a Jewish family from the Nazis. But as Billy Preston belted out in the golden age of Motown (1971), “I got a song ain’t go no morals…gonna let the bad guy win every once in a while”. The hapless farmer couldn’t even mount a last act of defiance to save the Jews; it would have add his corpse and even possible his family as well. Standartenfuhrer Landa didn’t necessarily spare him from arrest and likely execution for harboring enemies of the state due to some twisted sense of mercy; he may have wanted the poor dairy farmer to live to ‘spread the word’ that resistance was futile.
    Even President Kimball postulated that when the apostle Peter was admonished by the Savior “Thou shalt deny me thrice”, it may not have been an admonishment and prophecy that Peter was temporarily going to acquire a yellow streak. SWK opined that it was, in fact, an instruction. If so, even the Savior is telling Peter to be less than truthful! Why? Perhaps (1) to ensure Peter’s survival w/o having to resort to a publicly visible miracle, and (2) to let Peter feel the sting of denial. I don’t necessarily agree with the late apostle and prophet but his view bears more serious consideration than mine.

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  7. FireTag on January 14, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Hmmm. In looking at your list, I appreciated why Jesus just kept his mouth shut at his trial.

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