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Eye on the world: Promoting honesty

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In “The payoff for society in rewarding whistle-blowersThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “Since 2012, when the SEC first began to offer a bounty for insider tips on fraud and other types of corruption, it has given $156 million to 45 whistle-blowers. And these cases have led to the recovery of nearly $1 billion in penalties.… Since the whistle-blower award program started, the SEC has received more than 14,000 tips, many from people in other countries. The information has triggered hundreds of investigations and improved the rate of convictions and the severity of sentences. These acts of courage—despite a fear of possible retaliation by a boss—show that many employees see themselves as guardians of their company’s integrity. A rise in whistle-blowing is also improving the ethical behavior of companies.… The big lesson in rewarding whistle-blowers is that the vice of financial wrongdoing can be curbed not only by punishment but also by highlighting the virtues of honesty and transparency. Justice over evil always requires a measure of goodness.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest.

II Corinthians 13:7

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

Honesty is spiritual power.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 453

Mankind will be God-governed in proportion as God’s government becomes apparent, the Golden Rule utilized, and the rights of man and the liberty of conscience held sacred. Meanwhile, they who name the name of Christian Science will assist in the holding of crime in check, will aid the ejection of error, will maintain law and order, and will cheerfully await the end—justice and judgment.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 222

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Honesty”: “If we are prompt and just in meeting our obligations, whether we are employers or employed, we are helping the whole world, for dishonesty is obstructive to progress, consequently unhealthful and unprogressive in every sense of the word.” And “Christian Science gives the highest and broadest sense of honesty. It insists upon the recognition of absolute right at all times and demands obedience to divine Principle to the full extent of our understanding. We should gladly acknowledge our obligations to Truth, and to the Cause of Truth, not alone in words but also in deeds, and if we do this we shall not be backward in meeting our obligations to those who serve us in any capacity, indeed we should never incur an obligation which we are unable to meet.”

In “Where does integrity come from?”: “In spite of incidents pointing to a contrary conclusion, integrity actually is the discoverable and demonstrable true nature of everyone.” And “The spirit of integrity Jesus embodied is already rooted within every person in every culture. It flows from our ever-present, incorruptible, and inexhaustible source—divine Principle. It only needs to be allowed to spring up in each of us.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.


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