Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Honesty

(Another essay in my afternoon class)

This is a good essay for philosophers or people who like thinking about the life's meaning. I mean that the definition of honesty can cause a lot of controversy or personal debates. My first definition, if it can be defined, is that honesty is something that you like when someone does it to you.

As we know, each area or job has its Ethical Code Book. For example, we have a Software Engineer Ethical Code for systems developers or Hippocratic Code for doctors. We are regarding, here, the relationship between clients and providers. But Human beings have published books to moral behavior, for instance, the Bible for Christian people, whose aim is teaching what an honest or dishonest attitude is, using the life of Jesus Christ.

Great philosophers use to say that ethics and intelligence have tended to develop together through the ages and over the different cultures. This means that a race has had to improve its moral skills as well as its technological and scientific abilities. These two things walk together, in different ways along the years and from culture to culture, but always together.

However, a fundamental principle can be established to all people around the world. It's a hard exercise that everyone must do, or should. This principle can be easily defined as a common expression: 'good-sense'. This exercise consists in defining honesty like a good or bad thing that someone receives from you. For example, if someone burgles your house or if this person tells lies to you to obtain some advantage, you may not like it.

If you are a kind of person that always disagrees, you will say that one thing is honest for a person, but not for another one. Well, the fact is the so called 'good-sense' really depends on each situation, each moral stage, each chronological age, each race, and so on...