Honesty and progress

Across the globe, nations are declining in corruption, and the citizens who have demanded integrity of leaders have inspired others throughout the world. “As more countries have moved to end a culture of impunity, other people around the globe have also insisted on integrity in public life,” wrote the Monitor’s Editorial Board (see facing page). “The Internet is an excellent enabler of this trend. But more than that, honesty is its own force multiplier.”

To me, this speaks of the power of honesty to forward progress. Without honesty, there is no truth on which to build—no foundation on which progress can proceed. Those who build on corruption may believe they are gaining power or success in the short term, but lies ultimately break down in the long term because they are built on fabrications—on nothing—and lies naturally devolve, forfeiting any power we seemed to have gained by the lie.

“Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness …,” writes the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 453).

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April 25, 2016

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