Week 18: Honesty


Propaganda is information of a biased or misleading nature, or misinformation, used to promote a cause or point of view. It is usually disseminated by someone seeking to promote a self-interest without regard to the whole, and therefore fits within Niebuhr’s definition of evil. As the means of disseminating information
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Scrupulousness – Flexibility

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires. [Jawaharlal Nehru, The Unity of India: Collected Writings 1937-1940; later quoted by Nelson Mandela.]
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Pushing through Your Resistance

More times than I can remember, what I wanted to avoid was the very thing I needed most to address. This is no coincidence. We can intuit when the pieces of a social or personal puzzle do not fit together. When that happens, the best strategy is to confront the
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Forthrightness is another value that runs head-on into humility. Still, there is a value in speaking directly and honestly. We can explore the parameters and potential resolutions of this and other conflicts through our narratives, true and fictional.
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Being Principled

Honesty could be seen as the art of not making excuses. Our principles include our values but they are in an inherent conflict with the value of humility. As Humanists, we do not imagine that there is a perfect cosmic order waiting to be discovered. We accept that life is
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Intellectual Honesty

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. [Norman Vincent Peale] Sometimes people say the goofiest things with apparent conviction. This is a sign that the person is not being intellectually honest. Logic and reason have rules, which do
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Sincerity is the will to truthfulness and honesty. It is the emotional component of honesty.
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Time has come for some heavy lifting. We have identified our goals and addressed the fundamentals. Now we turn our attention to challenges that many people never master or even address. Honesty is prime among them. The human animal has a remarkable capacity for deception and self-deception. If you dare
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