Gordon Simons <simons@stat.unc.edu>: Re: Honesty

John W Burgeson (johnwilliamburgeson@juno.com)
Mon, 2 Feb 1998 11:13:01 -0700

Gordon Simmons wrote:

>> I looked for book reviews and found the one by Barbara
Ehrenreich. What she said struck me as careful and knowledgeable. And she
comes to what seems to me as a reasonable assessment.>>

I looked at her review. The kindest thing I can say is that it reminded
me why I have not read TIME magazine in many years.

>>Burgy, you have not really responded to her concerns.>>

In my reply to Tom, I addressed one of them. I am simply not interested
in her concerns over the Clinton administration.

>>What comes out of a variety of examples, I believe, is this:

1. "Honesty" is seldom ambiguous, but can be difficult to apply.

2. In contrast, what constitutes "integrity" is highly subjective -- even
in the cases you cite. Does this not bother you? Given human nature, it
certainly bothers me. >>

I will tentatively agree with you here. But being "subjective" is no
excuse to not pursue it!

>>I suggest you read or reread Corrie tin Boom's _The Hiding Place_. Some
Christians were scrupulously honest when few of us would be, and God
honored it. Others were not, and God honored that. So your case against
honesty seems less than obvious. >>

I read THE HIDING PLACE several times (years ago). A great woman. It has
been a lot of years since I did that, however. I don't recall a direct
relevance to this topic, but I may be wrong.

In any case -- no "case agianst honesty."" Honesty is the best policy" is
true in most situations. But not all. The Berlin example is, perhaps,
"far out." many are not.

Best ...


You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail.
Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com
Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]