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Purpose: To show that honest is still the best policy.
The Lesson
"An honest man is the noblest work of God."Pope, Essay on Man IV
"Ay, sir: to be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand." Shakespeare, Hamlet
"He that resolves to deal with none but honest men must leave off dealing." Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia
Do you remember the story of George Washington and the Cherry Tree? Well, young George got a new hatchet and decided to test it. He targeted a cherry tree and chopped it down. His father came out of the house and said, “George, who cut down my cherry tree?” George bowed his head and said, “I cannot tell a lie. I did, Father.”
I'm too old to remember what happened next. I think the story goes that George was not punished as a reward for telling the truth.
We might get punished when we tell the truth, but we still are honest and we told the truth.
How about Abraham Lincoln? Do you remember that story? It seems that a lady came to the store where "Honest Abe" was working and forgot sixteen cents in change. When the store closed, Abraham Lincoln walked several miles to return the change to the  lady.
I think that is the way the story goes.
What gratitude did he get for that? Maybe she fed him supper. I don't know. But I'm sure that as he walked home, he felt good because he had returned her change.
Why didn't Abraham Lincoln just wait until she came back to the store to give her the change? Well, I don't know. Maybe his mother told him to correct a situation as soon as it occurred. Some think it was the level of Abraham Lincoln's honesty. It was absolute. He had no alternative but to start walking. What do you think?
As for me, I can't stand to have hanging ends. If I have something to do, I want to get it out of the way. I do so as soon  monster beats by dr. dre beats wireless as I can.
Maybe this trait showed up in Lincoln's later years. When the generals at Gettysburg didn't pursue the defeated army of the great General Robert E. Lee, Lincoln chastised them for not doing what should have been done, thereby prolonging the war.
We live in an age of dishonesty!
We pay higher taxes because cheaters pay little or none.
We pay more  for goods because of shoplifters.
We pay more for auto insurance because of scam artists.
Just the other day a friend of mine said that such scammers rammed the back of one of his employee's car. The insurance company said that despite the obvious scam, they would still have to pay to reduce the cost of litigation!
We pay for cable and satellite TV while thieves watch it free.
We get lower wages and pay more for services and products because executives are paid exorbitant salaries and bonuses. Stockholders get no yield on their stock investments.
Thieves break into homes, service stations are robbed, people are kidnaped for ransom, and employees steal products from their employers. Unfortunately, people are killed or injured during such crimes.
Accountants swindle money from their clients.
Public employees steal public moneys.
Whom would you add to this list?
Our jails are filled to the brim!
Can you imagine the cost of the penal systems in the world? Thieves never stop costing tax payers money. No wonder in some Muslem countries they find it cheaper to cut off fingers, hands, and arms than to feed prisoners.
Drugs and alcohol and gambling make good people thieves
A friend of mine was threatened by a young man with a knife in Central Park in New York City. She asked the person whether he intended to use the knife. He said that he didn't intend to use the knife, but that he had a drug problem and needed a drug fix. Fortunately, he left her unharmed.
Gamblers will  beats by dre beats wireless steal money from their parents to obtain money to gamble. It happens every day.
Alcohol puts beggars on the street, and some of them will steal to get money for alcohol.
People in these categories can be helped, but there are some perpetual thieves that are never cured.
Scams are rampant in the world
My wife and I use to keep our eyes on an older lady in our neighborhood. She called us often telling us how much money she was going to get in the mail. I would shoot right over to her house to see who was scamming her now.
The most recent was that band up in Montreal that calls and tells old folks that they have just won the Readers Digest Sweepstakes and that they need to send $2500 by American Express before the prize of $100,000.00 can be delivered the next day. They have a dozen variations on this scam.
I called Readers Digest and American Express and the Canadian scam control agency in Toronto and gave them all the information. It never ends, but our friend never got scammed again because she knew to call us about any "exciting news." (She passed away last year.)
Thousands of others are scammed daily.
Dishonesty comes in a thousand disguises
The Internet has a thousand “money making” scams. Chain letters are big. You get them in your e-mail.
Watch out for the Nigerian (and now other countries) bank thieves!
This is old hat.
The FBI gets a zillion calls a year on this one.
You get a very formal letter saying that all you have to do is send your bank account number and transfer code to Nigeria and they will fill your bank account full of money! My goodness it sounds good―until they empty your bank account.
Just because the world is dishonest, does not justify us in being dishonest All successful societies rely on the honesty of their members.
Everyone probably has some level of dishonesty because sometimes you can't tell what's honest from what's dishonest. Sometimes someone had to point what is dishonest out to you.
I got an e-mail saying that a company that allows you for a fee to send advertising to many opt-in lists on the Internet is dishonest because the procedure stops anyone on a particular opt-in list to send a message to you.
Everyone on  beats by dre a wireless an opt-in list should be able to send and receive information. Well, I was in such a service not knowing it was wrong. When I got the e-mail message saying it was wrong, I stopped using the service and sent one last message to the opt-in lists apologizing for abusing the system.
Dishonesty can be habit forming!
We have to watch what's going on in our lives to make sure we are honest in our dealings with our fellow men.
Maybe we have to sit back once in a while and say, “Am  are beats by dr dre wireless I being honest with my employer? Am I giving him a good day's work? Am I honest in my dealings with others? Am I honest with my spouse and children?”
Some times we just have to start walking! That is, we know that something is not right and we have to correct it. We need to work on our honesty every day. This applies to government officials too. They should be setting the example!
Now is a good time for a discussion on honesty.
For Little Children
Mike and  which beats by dre are wireless Kenny worked for a farmer harvesting onions. It was during World War II and the soldiers needed food, so the boys were let out of school at noon so they could work on the farm.
Mike and Kenny, like all the other workers, were paid according to how many gunny sacks full of onions they took from the soil and put into the sacks.
One afternoon, Kenny said, “I'm tired of picking onions. Let's get out of here!”
Mike said, “It's a long way home, Kenny.”
“We'll hitch a ride,” said Kenny.
“What  beats by dre dre wireless about the onions we picked? We won't get paid for them,” said Mike.
Kenny said,“We’ll just tell the farmer we left, but we picked some onions.”
So they left the fields and played along the irrigation ditch, chasing frogs and in general making a nuisance of themselves.
Later, they started for home, but they could not hitch a ride, so they walked the two hours home.
Two weeks later, the farmer came to the school to pay the student workers. Mike and Kenny told the farmer about the onions that they picked that day and the farmer added it to the total and paid the boys.
When they were outside, Mike said, “You know, Kenny. Some of the other workers could have taken credit for the onions we took and the farmer could have paid the labor for the same onions twice.”
“He knows what he's doing,” said Kenny.
But Mike didn't feel right. He went back to the farmer and told him that he could have paid the labor twice on the onions he and Kenny had picked that afternoon. The farmer smiled at the Mike and said, “It's okay, son. Thanks for coming back and telling me.”
Mike said, “Well, do you want your money back for the onions we picked that day?”
“No, Son. It's okay. You did the right thing.”
So that's what we want to do in a situation like that, isn't it. To do the right thing.
(Yes, this is a true story as I remember back that far)
Copyright?John Taylor Jones, Ph.D.2002-2005
John T. Jones, Ph.D. is a retired R&D engineer and VP of a Fortune 500 company. He is author of detective & western novels, nonfiction (business, scientific, engineering), poetry, etc. Former editor of international trade magazine. More info:  Business web site:  (wealth-success books)
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