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Honesty is the best policy (or not) - U Chicago essay # 4


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"Honesty is the best policy, but honesty won't get your friend free birthday cake at the diner." - Overheard in the city of Chicago
Does society require constant honesty? Why is it (or why is it not) problematic to shift the truth in one's favor, even if the lie is seemingly harmless to others? If we can be "conveniently honest," what other virtues might we take more lightly?
Inspired by Eleanor Easton, a second-year in the College


Growing up, I never disputed the importance of being honest, after all I liked my nose and didn't want to end up like poor Pinocchio, but in recent years, I realized that lying is just as important as telling the truth.

Over Thanksgiving break, I became a little too exuberant while playing Wii boxing and punched myself in the face. I can be a bit wild with my swings, but don't worry, I won. For days after I returned to school, I got questions like "Dude what happened to your jaw," "Are you okay," "Should we talk about your life at home," and "Did you get into some kind of outsiders brawl over the break." While all of these questions were valid proposals and a swollen jaw typically means something more than a Wii match gone wrong, who would ever admit to such an unfortunate outcome from a game and not a real sport? Naturally, I saved myself from extreme embarrassment by making up stories of ninjas abducting me in the middle of the night and an overzealous Black Friday shopper who fought me over a pair of $19.99 boots.

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Growing up, I never disputed the importance of being honest, after all I liked my nose and didn't did not. Don't use contractionswant to end up like poor Pinocchio, but in recent years, I haverealized that lying is just as important as telling the truth.

Over Thanksgiving break, I became a little too exuberant while playing Wii boxing and punched myself in the face. I can be a bit wild with my swings, but don't worry, I won. For days after I returned to school, I got questions like "Dude what happened to your jaw," "Are you okay," "Should we talk about your life at home," and "Did you get into some kind of outsiders make it more clear that you are alluding to a bookbrawl over the break." While all of these questions were valid proposals and a swollen jaw typically means something more than a Wii match gone wrong, who would ever admit to such an unfortunate outcome from a game and not a real sport? Naturally, I saved myself from extreme embarrassment by making up stories of ninjas abducting me in the middle of the night and an overzealous Black Friday shopper who fought fightingme over a pair of $19.99 boots.

My convenient lie proved to have no adverse affects and helped save me from having to repeatedly explain what really happened to me. Imagine my having to grudgingly retell my boxing match, complete with hand motions and the anticipated final blow not to the other player but into my own jaw- no thanks. If I had to do it over again would I still lie about how I got my injury? If I'm being honest, yes I would lie in a heartbeat, but maybe this time I would come up with a more colorful story.

Does society require constant honesty? Absolutely not. If people only told the truth there would never be another person elected for any position in government, lawyers would be out of a job, and teachers wouldn't know what to say about some children's' behavior. Like Dave Van Ronk once said, "honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone - and hurt them to the bone - you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time." If people only told the truth more men would really tell their girlfriend about that new dress and moms would hear the truth about how that new recipe really taste.

My boxing match, while a travesty itself, taught me it is truly okay to shift the truth in ones favor if its impact is harmless for others or me. While a society completely devoid of honesty could make all morals disappear and become something from a dream, sometimes lying can make life a bit more interesting. After all who needs honesty when I can get free cake from lying?

I like it however you did not answer the entire prompt, you didn't discuss other virtues people might take lightly. I think you should add a paragraph about that at the end.
I thought of doing this essay topic but then I didn't.

I likes how you started off with your essay of liking your nose and not wanting to be like Pinocchio.

If you want to keep adding to this essay maybe you can write from another form. An idea could be how lying can catch up to you in the future or how just one lie can produce many more in the future because as you tell one lie, you'll have to tell another lie to cover the lie that you have said before.

But overall i liked it, maybe expand on the value part of the prompt would be good.

Hope i helped!
I read this a few days ago actually, but didn't comment on it because I thought it was great :D
The biggest criticism I came up with was that maybe you didn't spend that much time on answering the questions in a deep manner. But then I realized that this is looking for your voice, which is extremely evident in this essay, and didn't comment on it.

Personally, I think this is great. Humorous, personal, and to the point.
Growing up, I never disputed the importance of being honest, after all I liked my nose and did not want to end up like poor Pinocchio, but in recent years, I have realized that lying is just as important as telling the truth. You might want to make this two sentences instead of one

Over Thanksgiving break, I became a little too exuberant while playing Wii boxing and punched myself in the face. I can be a bit wild with my swings, but don't worry, I won. For days after afterwardsI returned to school, I got questions like "Dude what happened to your jaw," "Are you okay," "Should we talk about your life at home," and "Did you get into some kind of outsiders brawl over the break." While all of these questions were valid proposals and a swollen jaw typically means more than a Wii match gamegone wrong, who would ever admit such an unfortunate outcome from a game and not a real sport? Naturally, I saved myself from extreme embarrassment by making up stories of ninjas abducting me in the middle of the night and an overzealous Black Friday shopper fighting me overfor a pair of $19.99 boots.

My convenient lie proved to have no adverse affects and helped save me from having to repeatedly explain what really happened to me. Imagine my having to grudgingly retell my boxing match, complete with hand motions and the anticipated final blow not to the other player but my own jaw- no thanks. If I had to do it over again would I still lie about how I got my injury? If I'm being honest, yes I would lie in a heartbeat, but maybe this time I would come up with a more colorful story.
Does society require constant honesty? Absolutely not. If people only told the truth there would never be another person elected for any aposition in government, lawyers would be out of a job, and teachers wouldn't know what to say about some children's behavior. Like Dave Van Ronk once said, "honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone - and hurt them to the bone - you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time." If people only told the truth, more men would really tell their girlfriend about that new dress, and moms would hear the truth about how that new recipe really taste.

My boxing match, while a travesty itself, taught me it is okay to shift the truth in ones favor if its impact is harmless for others or me. Today, lying has become an art that seems to be encouraged in everyday life. Take for instance the game two truths and a lie. The entire point of the game is to come up with two outrageous truths and a believable lie then make others guess which story is a liefalse. With honesty, taken so lightly nowadays, society as a whole might chose to do away with other virtues such as charity and consideration for others feelings. If you do not respect someone enough to tell them the truth, then would you take the time to consider their feelings?

While a society completely devoid of honesty could make all morals disappear, sometimes lying can make life a bit more interesting. After all who needs honesty when I can get free cake from forlying?

This is good, but you might want to expand a little more about charity and consideration for others feelings
My boxing match, while a travesty itself, taught me it is okay to shift the truth in ones favor if its impact is harmless for others or me. Consequently, the after effects of lying have a habit of sneaking up on you when you least expect it. Telling a like lieis risky, not only for you but also for the other parties partyinvolved. A lie can eventually come back with a vengeance, so that the one little white lie you told before snowballs into something much larger than you can not handle. Also, with lying, there is always the issue pressureof keeping up with the story storiesthat you told and having to repeatedly follow it up with additional lies. To anyone I would say lie at your own risk, but sometimes you may find that telling the truth was not as bad as you envisioned.

Today, lying has become an art that seems to be encouraged in everyday life. Take for instance the game two truths and a lie. The entire point of the game is to come up with two outrageous truths and a believable lie then make others guess which story is a false. With honesty, taken so lightly nowadays, society as a whole might chose to do away with other virtues such as charity and consideration for others feelings. If you do not respect someone enough to tell them the truth, then would you take the time to consider their feelings?

While a society completely devoid of honesty could make all morals disappear, sometimes lying can make life a bit more interesting. After all who needs honesty when I can get free cake for lying?

This is better, however, I still think you need to elaborate on other virtues.
You know I'm no Pinocchio, I've never told a lie

Growing up, I never disputed the importance of being honest, after all I liked my nose and did not want to end up like poor Pinocchio, but in recent years, I have realized that lying is just as important as telling the truth.

Over Thanksgiving break, I became a little too exuberant while playing Wii boxing and punched myself in the face. I can be a bit wild with my swings, but don't worry, I won. For days afterwards, I got questions like "Dude what happened to your jaw," "Are you okay," "Should we talk about your life at home," and "Did you get into some kind of outsiders brawl over the break." While all of these questions were valid proposals and a swollen jaw typically means more than a Wii game gone wrong, who would ever admit to such an unfortunate outcome from a game and not a real sport? Naturally, I saved myself from extreme embarrassment by making up stories of ninjas abducting me in the middle of the night and an overzealous Black Friday shopper fighting me for a pair of $19.99 boots.

My convenient lie proved to have no adverse affects and helped save me from having to repeatedly explain what really happened. Imagine my having to grudgingly retell my boxing match, complete with hand motions and the anticipated final blow, not to the other player but my own jaw- no thanks. If I had to do it over again would I still lie about how I got my injury? If I'm being honest, yes I would lie in a heartbeat, but maybe this time I would come up with a more colorful story.

Does society require constant honesty? Absolutely not. If people only told the truth there would never be another person elected for a position in government, lawyers would be out of a job, and teachers would not know what to say about some children's behavior. Like Dave Van Ronk once said, "honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone - and hurt them to the bone - you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time." If people only told the truth, more men would really tell their girlfriend about that new dress, and moms would hear the truth about how that new recipe really taste.

My boxing match, while a tragedy itself, taught me it is okay to shift the truth in ones favor if its impact is harmless for others or me. Consequently, the after effects of lying have a habit of sneaking up on you when you least expect it. Telling a lie is risky, not only for the liar, but also for the other party involved. A lie can eventually come back with a vengeance, so that the one little white lie you told before snowballs into something much larger than you can handle. Also, with lying, there is pressure of keeping up with the stories that you told and having to repeatedly follow up with additional lies.

Today, lying has become an art that seems to be encouraged in everyday life. Take for instance the game two truths and a lie. The entire point of the game is to come up with two outrageous truths and a believable lie, then make others guess which story is a false. With honesty, taken so lightly nowadays, society as a whole might chose to do away with other virtues such as charity and consideration for others feelings. If you do not respect someone enough to tell them the truth, then would you take the time to consider their feelings? You probably would not. What would the world be like if every human only cared about the betterment of themselves? I believe that is a world we are all afraid to envision, but if the value towards a virtue as important as honesty can be overlooked, then people might dispute the importance of charity as well. While a society completely devoid of honesty could make all morals disappear, sometimes lying can make life a bit more interesting. After all who needs honesty when I can get free cake for lying?



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