A few days ago I posted an article on the book’s Facebook page that grandmothers are right, “Honesty is the BEST policy, even if brutal”.
So imagine how shocked I was to find, and of all places on LinkedIn, that a “Ghostwriter, Editor and Speaker”, with almost 167,000 followers, had written a contradicting article titled, “Honesty is NOT the best policy”.
WHAT!?! Are you freaking kidding me!?! Who buys into this CRAP!?! Wait, don’t tell me, another T-ball player telling us, “Things are different today…Things are not the way they used to be…People and things have changed since we were kids.” That is BULLCRAP!
What is different is that persons have conceded their values in order to accommodate their exaggerated unrealistic emotional expectations as they see fit. Making matters worse, like this LinkedIn article, they then try to convince the rest of us that their nonsense is the new norm or new values and that we need to get on the train, as Press Ganey's CEO stated, or be left behind. That is nothing but CRAP!
Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage, Discipline, Goodwill, Gratitude, Commitment and Working Hard, to name a few, are NOT different in any way. So why wouldn’t honesty be the BEST policy?
To those who believe things are different today then when we were kids I say, life is not T-ball where everyone gets to bat, there are no outs, score is not kept and at the end of the season everyone gets a trophy. Instead, life does have strikes and outs, score does matter and at the end of it ALL it is VERY unlikely you will get recognition, much less a trophy.
Having said that, the best you can do for others is to NOT compromise on your values. If for any reason, so when you are alone in your coffin, six feet under, away from what others might think about you, you can rest in peace that you lived YOUR life rather be twisting and turning, restless in such confined space, all because you lived the life that others wanted you to live.
On that note, do NOT let others tell you DIFFERENT! Even if they have 167,000 followers! As it is very unlikely your grandmother even knows what LinkedIn is and much less has 167,000 followers, yet she knows that, “Honesty is the best policy, even if brutal”. It is unfortunate some do not take honesty well, despite it is in their best interest. However, that is their issue to resolve and NOT reason for you to compromise your values. Remember, T-ball does not have a championship, despite everyone getting a trophy at the end of the season. I can only imagine the plaque on such trophy must read, “Participant”.
Again, just my two sense [sic].