Friday, March 16, 2018

Honesty is the best policy

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote seven principles and none of them mention the importance of honesty. This oversight has caused great problems for the denomination and contributes to its low and dwindling membership.

In it's efforts to be open minded and accepting and compassionate it has marginalized a key indicator of virtue. Without honesty one cannot know who one is nor who other people truly are to him/her. The bedrock of loving human relations has been overlooked in a misguided effort to be open minded and tolerant.

The second milestone on the walk of Love on the path of the spirit is honesty.

Honesty is credibility. Do you mean what you say and say what you mean? Do you do what you say, and say what you do?

Along with honesty and credibility comes dependability and reliance.

People who value honesty know who they are. They do not pretend.

People who are honest are authentic, genuine, sincere. In this, there is great peace.

An indicator of whether a person is walking the way of Love is his/her honesty. This is the bedrock on which the good life and heaven rests.

Those that deceive, create a hell. Self-deception is the worst hell, for nothing in the person's awareness is authentic and genuine. To pretend to yourself and others that you are other than you really are, and things are not the way they seem, is to create an insanity that corrupts any experience of peace and bliss.

False prophets are numerous in the world as are false promises and false pretenses. The path of the ego is littered with the false, the counterfeit, the dishonest, the empty deception which while in the short term may glitter, and gleam, and shinily attract, wind up contaminating our awareness with rot and decay resulting in anguish and suffering.

Honesty is the best policy even when it seems to hurt.

1 comment:

  1. This is a very powerful message that deserves much consideration and application in the era of Trumpism where lying and deceit has not only become the norm but the expected. Fake news is not the problem. Fake statements and behavior is.

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