Honesty. Merriam-Webster describes this word as “the quality of being fair and truthful: the quality of being honest. Honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. Honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one’s profession, calling, or position.”
Most people attempt to live their lives not trying to deceive others, but with integrity and good character. Of course everyone is unable to do this 24/7 whether it is not answering a waiter truthfully when they ask you how your food is and you reply “fine” but truly do not like the dish, or when you ask your friend how an outfit looks and they reply, “it’s really nice” when deep down they don’t think it is very flattering. We all tell “fibs” or “little white lies” in order to save another person’s feelings, but where does the line get crossed to the point that everything a person says becomes questionable?
The topic of honesty has been a part of my thoughts for the last several months. With this election season in full swing, the buzzword of the day has been “fact checking” and “truth-o-meters.” When did honesty become an antiquated idea that seemed to die with “honest Abe” Lincoln in 1865?
In my column this week, I discuss the importance of honesty and honor in today’s world. Read my column in this week’s FLORIDA TODAY Business Section.
Nancy Peltonen is president and CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce.