Throughout the history of America deception has been intermingled with its growth and rise to greatness. The Trail of Tears, slavery, the participants in the Homestead Act, and politics. The celebration of Christopher Columbus “finding” America says enough. But, with the rise of social media and immediate fact checking by sources like FactCheck.org and PolitiFact.com are making more Americans aware of the truth and making honesty a priority in Etiquette 101.
In a CNN, June 2012 interview with Ron Riggio, an organizational psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College he talks about the nature of lying. “It’s the politics of audacity. The more outrageous and audacious the lie is, the more people say ‘that’s got to be true because why would someone make something like that up?'”
Though most people are honest we expect and accept little lies to boost our egos and benefit another person…
Wife: “Honey, does this dress make me look fat?”
The truth about honesty is that we accept it until it begins to harm more than it helps. For example, Lindsay Lohan blaming a car accident in Los Angeles on the passenger of the car and blaming another friend for the cocaine she had in her pants. These lies would have landed innocent people in very hot water.
Dishonesty not only can harm other people. Lies most often comes back to bite the liar in the butt. During the 2012 Presidential Election between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Romney racked up over 33 lies, according to PolitiFact.com, possibly costing him the presidency.
People want honesty and your honesty (or lack of) says a lot about your moral character. Lying is apart of human nature and will never go away. The great thing is we all have a choice in everyday life to be honest and build upon our character, and good character brings respect.
Have a great week, Hotties.