There were many news headlines. First a Minister’s nephew was caught taking bribe to favor a Government Servant with his promotion. Secondly house of a Major General was being searched due to corruption charges. Everyday there is a headline about one of the cases the Supreme Court of India is groping with, regarding corruption and its improper prosecution. A building fell in Bangladesh due to greed of a corrupt Engineer killing 506 people and head count continues. Yesterday I had an old case, one of the High Court judges who tried that case once, is presently being prosecuted for corruption, that too because he foolishly resigned, otherwise he was immune. Rumours in Bar room as to how a particular judge can be influenced by bribe through his book seller and another through his ex partner or another through his son, left me to wonder what was happening. Actually it is a reflection of human race as such. We are only cheating ourselves. What happens if a corrupt person falls sick and gets a corrupt/dishonest doctor who instead of treating him/her, makes sure that these people remain in hospital? Continue reading
Every person seems to have his own definition of honesty. A corrupt official would justify his corrupt actions by other good things he is doing for the public. A tax evading businessman will justify with the consolation that he is dishonest with Government and is not robbing the poor people. Those grifting every one, justify by saying that people deserve this.
Thus the question:
What is honesty? And more importantly, Why be honest?
Truth is often relative to perception. But let’s leave that for another time when we discuss mind games. It appears that fair dealing is most proximate to honesty in behaviour. Fair dealing is also the most simple and practical form of honesty. We must not do something to others, that we do not want others to do to us. The hypocrisy in following this standard makes us dishonest in our living.
There may be higher standards of honesty. For example revealing our thoughts. We often do not do it. But asking people to do something for one reason, while we hide the real motive is not only crooked but is sheer manipulation and is worst form of dishonesty.
Why be honest?
At the outset I must confess that my opinion is biased for it is based on my perception. But so is everything I say or write.
Principle of honesty is like traffic rules. On empty street nothing matters. But if there if traffic and vehicle do not obey rules, it results in chaos.
In practical example when we deviate from our centre of honesty we provide an excuse to others to be dishonest. It starts a game in which new lies are spun around manipulative schemes and thrown upon each other. A game of enticing deceptions. Living becomes surviving these traps. New frontiers of deceptions are drawn and erased everyday and one day one of the parties collapses either financially or physically or psychologically. Finally the hell is over for the exiting party to the game of dishonesty.
Hence the conclusion:
Honesty is still the best policy!
© Sandeep Bhalla
Amateurs and beginners are always excited about Critiques but honeymoon never lasts beyond success or failure.
(Added on 19 July 2012:)
It proved to be a failure of project called ‘Nidaan.’ Dishonest motives poison every thing. Many commercial ventures are dishonest today but when they started there was no oblique motive. This project was doomed from the beginning as the motives were dishonest.
© Sandeep Bhalla
Mind (pronounced /ˈmaɪnd/) is the aspect of intellect and consciousness experienced as combinations of thought, perception, memory, emotion, will, and imagination, including all unconscious cognitive processes. The term is often used to refer, by implication, to the thought processes of reason. Mind manifests itself subjectively as a stream of consciousness.
Theories of mind and its function are numerous. Earliest recorded speculations are from the likes of Zoroaster, the Buddha, Plato, Aristotle, Adi Shankara and other ancient Greek, Indian and, later, Islamic philosophers. Pre-scientific theories grounded in theology concentrated on the supposed relationship between the mind and the soul, human’s supernatural, divine or god-given essence.
Which attributes make up the mind is much debated. Some psychologists argue that only the higher intellectual functions constitute mind, particularly reason and memory. In this view the emotions—love, hate, fear, joy—are more primitive or subjective in nature and should be seen as different from the mind as such. Others argue that various rational and emotional states cannot be so separated, that they are of the same nature and origin, and should therefore be considered all part of what we call the mind.
In popular usage mind is frequently synonymous with thought: the private conversation with ourselves that we carry on “inside our heads.” Thus we “make up our minds,” “change our minds” or are “of two minds” about something. One of the key attributes of the mind in this sense is that it is a private sphere to which no one but the owner has access. No one else can “know our mind.” They can only interpret what we consciously or unconsciously communicate.
( Source of above: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind)
Is the thought, so private? Does thought has no vibration at all beyond its meta physical world? Is is not reflected from body language? The concept that thought process is a private matter is more of a belief than the actuality. Similar is the belief about uniqueness of each human mind. With nearly similar thoughts in so many minds at the same time, how each individual mind becomes unique? It requires an introspection.