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Whatever Happened To Honesty And ‘Truth’?

Posted in America, Britain, Children, Christianity, Justice, Parenting, Police, Religion, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 28/07/2013 by floroy1942

Rahoy - WHAT? Spanish Politicians Are Not Corrupt!

Rahoy – WHAT? Spanish Politicians Are Not Corrupt!

Over the past few years there have been various examples of famous people like Strauss-Kahn (who denied prostitution charges and is now charged with pimping), and the current Spanish Prime Minister Rahoy, who denies corruption charges (not proven – yet), who prove beyond doubt that honesty and truth are all but dead.

Finally Caught? Maybe!

Finally Caught? Maybe!

The word ‘truth’ has little meaning today, for everyone from politicians to the man in the street will never own up when they have done something wrong. The two ‘gentlemen’ mentioned are by no means the only public figures to be caught out, there have been many cases in Britain and other countries too, for they all do it. Criminals, and particularly killers, who have been literally caught in the act all plead ‘Not Guilty’ in court.

Do I need To Elaborate?

Do I need To Elaborate?

But it extends much further than that, for governments, and their opposing groups, will all fabricate the number of dead and injured in, e.g. a civil war to suit their purpose. Prime examples are the Syrian government when they tell us the rebels have killed ’80 people and 30 children’ just for the propaganda benefit, or use chemical weapons and say it was the rebels.

Hamas have always grossly exaggerated the number of civilians killed in Israeli attacks purely for propaganda purposes. As you can imagine, the Press play a major roll in this for they too sometimes boost the figures and certainly exaggerate the women and children deaths in such conflicts to increase circulation. Its become a pattern that has spread across the world.

Muslim Brotherhood Violence In Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood Violence In Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are falsifying the number of people supposedly shot by the Army during demonstrations. I can just imagine the conversation: “The government is reporting 6 dead and 14 wounded in our last demonstration”. To which some bright spark will say: “That’s not enough, let’s make it 50 dead and 70 wounded. That sounds much better!”

As another example, there are few nations in the world where elections can be held without accusations of vote-rigging afterwards. In innumerable countries these charges are made by the losers simply because they lost, and in others it is a fact.

Ariel Castro - At Least He Pleaded Guilty

Ariel Castro – At Least He Pleaded Guilty

Ariel Castro, the American kidnapper, rapist and killer has for many years been the only criminal in a court of law to actually plead guilty, and he did it to escape a death sentence. He had an ulterior motive that saved him from an almost certain death sentence if found guilty after a trial, and he presumably thought it better to continue living in prison than to die. But as to the rest, the days of someone caught red-handed pleading guilty to their crime are long gone.

In most homes, our children lie to us on a daily basis these days. “Have you been drinking”? to which the answer is invariably “No Mum!”, or when home late they will say they were with so-and-so when in fact they were with someone they know you do not approve of.

$1.4 Left On A Bench - Would YOU Hand It In?

$1.4 Left On A Bench – Would YOU Hand It In?

If you found a bag full of money or an iPad on, say a park bench that has been left behind by someone, would you turn it into the police? If you saw the person who had left it behind walking away, would you run after them to return it? Most people today would say No! Many people who find a wallet or purse with money in it just take the cash and drop the item in a convenient waste-bin.

I am from a much older generation where we were taught the value of honesty and truthfulness, and I can assure you that I would hand the bag, purse or wallet in to the police, and if I knew who it belonged to I would return it, but these days I am in a distinct minority with the exception of many older folks like me.

Honesty Is Right

Honesty Is Right

When out and about in the summer I usually carry my wallet and phone etc. in a ‘belly bag’. A couple of years ago I was in a bar with my wife, and after going to ‘water the flowers’ I accidentally left it in the toilet. I didn’t realize until about five minutes later, when a waiter came by and asked a group of about six young Englishmen drinking at a nearby table if it belonged to them. Immediately one of them jumped up and said it was his, but for some reason the waiter didn’t believe him, perhaps it was his eagerness I don’t know, but then he approached our table. I told him it was mine, described what was inside and he handed it over. It was a good demonstration of the dishonesty of very many people these days, and the basic honesty of one, that I will not readily forget.

As a child it was instilled in me that I should always tell the truth, I should not steal, and I should always turn in lost property to the police. Sadly, parents do not seem to take the trouble to teach their children basic honesty these days, and for that matter neither do the schools. In most cases this is because the parents themselves have either not been taught honesty, or have conveniently forgotten it.

Sunday School For Kids

Sunday School For Kids

Part of the reason could be that my generation were brought up in a more Christian atmosphere where practically everybody went to church at some time or other, and we even had religious education in schools. Now-a-days of course many people are atheists, and even those who are not only go to church one time to be married and never darken the churches door again until they die.

Many people today have a strong dislike or an utter disdain for religion and most of the time cannot be bothered to even think about it. We are even afraid to wear a religious symbol for fear of upsetting the Muslims. Say what you like about the old believe in Christianity, but the one thing it taught everyone was a profound respect for each other, the law, and honesty. I am not saying that everyone should start going to church again, but it would be nice if the old values of respect, truth and honesty were to return, but I doubt they ever will.

Roy.

Lance Armstrong Is Not The Only Liar!

Posted in America, Europe, Modern World, USA with tags , , , , , , on 16/01/2013 by floroy1942

One of the top news items recently has been the fact that Lance Armstrong, seven times winner of the Tour de France, has finally come clean about his involvement in drug abuse. For 15 years he steadfastly denied that he had taken any performance enhancing drugs but was eventually caught out by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and banned for life. Serves him right I say.

The Oprah Interview

The Oprah Interview

Having had ample opportunity to ‘come clean’ he has consistently denied having anything to do with drugs, but now, suddenly he has done just that during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Naturally, there is a sinister motive behind the confession – he wants to get back into sport again! By finally admitting his offences he hopes the USADA will now wipe the slate clean and allow him to ride in Triathlon events.

It seems to me that outright honesty died a tragic death many years ago, for he is not the only person in the world who will not admit to wrong doing. We see it across the whole world where, in particular politicians, refuse to admit their guilt when faced with accusations of impropriety. Other cases in point are Strauss-Kahn and currently the Prime Minister of Pakistan who has been arrested for corruption.

Everywhere we can immediately assume that any offender will enter a ‘Not Guilty’ plea when charged with a crime even when caught red-handed with a ‘smoking gun’ in their hands. Its all a sure-fire indication of the lack of integrity and honesty among people these days. In the minds of the guilty there is always the glimmer of hope that they will get away with whatever it is they have done wrong, and this ranges from corruption through to outright murder.

It may seem like nothing to the ordinary individual but you have to consider the massive expense in many cases of taking the ‘villain’  to court and the long drawn out process of the trial, lawyers fees etc. all at the tax payers expense. Of course the lawyers like it because it makes them rich, and we all know they are at the top of everyone’s tree when it comes to who you distrust the most.

It’s a sign of the times, and there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do about it until people once again learn the essentials in life: Integrity, honesty and respect.

Roy.

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