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Published: Friday 25th of January 2013
Life everywhere around the globe is hard these days because people can’t trust each other anymore. Not telling the truth offends people and causes all sorts of trouble every time. It seems like people can always find new reasons to be dishonest in their everyday lives. My personal belief is that honesty is the best way to go because you’ll gain the trust of people around you. The truth always has a way of rising to the surface and life is better without the guilt that comes with telling lies. Being dishonest doesn’t help anybody, and although a well-told lie may temporarily solve some problems, in the long run, the truth will show itself.
And when it finally does, you’ll see that everything takes a turn for the worse, new issues appear, and the people involved suffer emotional and perhaps even physical drama. A lie can, for example, ruin a great friendship a couple may share. Often after hiding the truth, the person doing that will feel a strong urge to come clean, which may lead to people getting hurt and acting in the heat of the moment, and under no circumstances is a lie worth all that. Also, telling the truth all the time means you have nothing hanging over you, nothing to feel guilty about, and all that changes when you tell a lie.
Constantly overthinking the lie you told will make the truth obvious to those around you. After all, no one can hide anxiety forever. So, your dishonesty will eventually come out in the open, and that’s why not having anything like that on your mind makes your life better. Truth is the most important aspect of one’s life, and this statement is the most obvious on the example of friendship. Honesty is the foundation of any strong friendship, or any other kind of relationship, and if you take that away and lose the trust between two people, the relationship will crumble.
Friendships make our lives better and, in turn, make us better and happier people. Studies have shown that people who confide in others about their problems are happier than those who don’t. If friends would lie to one another, everyone would constantly have their guards up all the time.
If we weren’t sure our friends were telling us the truth, then we wouldn’t be sure about anyone else either. Finding out a person we once considered to be our best friend and the person we could confide in has lied to us, would make us question each and every word anyone tells us. That alone would make us constantly suspicious of everyone and generally unhappy, but more than that it would sabotage any meaningful relationship we may have throughout our lives.
Lies have a way of not only affecting us internally but also worsening things with people not involved in the original lie. For example, a school rumor can cause many unnecessary issues to a lot of people. If a friend lies to you, the consequence is immediately losing all trust in that person, and that trust may take an entire lifespan to be rebuilt. Being honest with someone is crucial because that’s what gets you the respect and admiration of that person. Complete trust between people is built over a longer time span, and it takes a long time for two people to be able to say anything to each other. That also applies to romantic relationships, where trust leads to respect and affection.
Telling the truth is a crucial value we must hold on to every day of our lives if we wish to pursue meaningful friendships. Lies are easy to spot everywhere around us, from the politicians we listen to to the companies we buy things from, and even from within our own families. One may find it difficult to keep from being dishonest in a world that’s built on dishonesty, corrupt individuals and untold secrets, but those negative aspects also make an open and honest person stand out in the crowd. While some people around you will find your openness inspiring, you may attract the antipathy of others. But the only person that has a right to judge you is yourself. Trusting your family, your friends and your other half are the most important aspects of trust.
Trusting our family members is vital for a happy life because these are the people who are around us from the moment we arrive in this world up to maturity. The members of our family know everything that happened throughout our lives, and we trust them with that information. And because of that attachment built over a long period of time, they tend to be the ones we confide in. Also, because they know us so well, they can instantly know when something is not right with us. And that’s why we go to them when we need guidance of any kind. There are many different aspects of trust, one being trust among countries of the world; an element of trust is required for international relations to work. Trust is needed everywhere around us, even taking a flight requires a certain level of trust.
You put your trust in the engineers that created and built that plane, and also in the skill of the pilot whose job is to fly you safely to your destination. Another good example where trust is crucial is a visit to a restaurant. You need to trust the chef and his or her cooking skills, and also the attention they paid to your food, so basically you trust the restaurant with your health. Another example is a car ride with someone else driving, where you entrust that person to drive the car in a safe way that won’t put your life in danger - just like the trust you put in a plane pilot, its engineer, and the company running the flight. Here is the personal meaning the word trust has to me.
Trust is being sure that a certain person will be there to help you in need, that you can count on that person to help you when necessary and you can be sure they will not intentionally hurt you under any circumstances. Not only is trust a valuable asset to hold, actually keeping it and maintaining it is the important and tricky part. Once lost it’s very hard, sometimes impossible to get back. If you lose someone’s trust by telling a lie, they won’t confide in you with any important information any time soon. If you want that trust back, you’re going to have to work to rebuild it from scratch and show that person that you are indeed trustworthy.
School is another place where trust is important. Both your professors and your teachers need trust for everything to be working properly. Your parents need to trust you to go to school every day and do your best to get the knowledge and be a good student, as they have work to do and not enough time to check on everything you do. They should be able to go to work and concentrate on that, without having to constantly worry that you are not doing your part. Your teachers’ trust is important too.
Your teachers need to trust the fact that you won’t try to cheat your way to a good test score, that the homework you deliver is indeed your doing and you didn’t plagiarize someone else’s work. They have to be certain that in a potential situation where they cannot come to class and they send a temporary teacher in their place, that whatever assignments the students previously had will be done by them. Another good example is the situation where the teacher asks to see the pupils’ homework, and they have to be certain that each student did the work themselves and did not just copy the answers from one of their peer's work. Given the fact that trust plays a major role in all parts of one’s life, it is absolutely vital that you create strong relationships based on trust with those around you, for your life to be as good as it can possibly be.
Bottom line, trust is a notion that plays a part in all of our relationships and everyday affairs. It affects the way we make friends, fall in love, and communicative with our families. It penetrates social communication on all levels: in school, at home, at work, even when we go out and/or choose a service provider - no matter if we are booking a plane ticket or catching a cab. Therefore, the more honest and truthful we are, the happier we are going to be. And, since the wisest step is to always start with oneself, one may suggest that by choosing to be loyal and honest in our everyday communication, we are making a step towards a healthier and happier society. This is the belief I share deeply.