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On honesty, a cardinal human virtue

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By Kim Jeong-kyoo

A couple of years ago, I met a man in his late 40s at our apartment council meeting. He appeared to be your regular type of a guy whom you might meet on the street. But as time passed by, he started to reveal his real identity: He was a chronic liar.

He was ready to lie at any moment in which he thought he needed to get what he wanted. Eventually, people around him began to leave him out in the cold, which prompted me to reflect on the meaning of honesty.

Unflinching honesty is a cardinal human virtue. I think that without honesty and integrity, we cannot reach genuine happiness. Of course, the will to live honestly can leave us in momentary trouble, but integrity will eventually bring us authentic happiness.

Honesty implies being truthful. Honest........

© The Korea Times

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