1. the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
2. truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
3. freedom from deceit or fraud.
1. reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty. Beware, O people, that ye deal not treacherously with any one. Be ye the trustees of God amongst His creatures, and the emblems of His generosity amidst His people. They that follow their lusts and corrupt inclinations, have erred and dissipated their efforts. They, indeed, are of the lost. Strive, O people, that your eyes may be directed towards the mercy of God, that your hearts may be attuned to His wondrous remembrance, that your souls may rest confidently upon His grace and bounty, that your feet may tread the path of His good-pleasure. Such are the counsels which I bequeath unto you. Would that ye might follow My counsels!-Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’µ?llá¨¼/i>
All of those walls that make it so hard to trust, and yet we reach out for the company of other human beings, share with them our hearts and hopes, our fears.
Do we encourage each other to strive toward these things? I guess we’re all striving.
These are such interesting questions, Shol. I’m curious to hear if you’ve come to any conclusions?
“Do I look fat in this? Be honest!”
I find even tact can’t salvage one from this hopeless situation.
Mojan: I’m sure in some amorphous way I have come up with answers, but none that I feel like I want to put in a blog entry in a coherent way. Mostly I wanted to put it out there for people to think about, and explain what I’ve been pondering recently.
Reza: The problem is that such a question is not even valid. 🙂 If people get upset when they don’t get the “right” answer (whatever that may be to them), it is their fault for asking the question in the first place. A better question would be: “Does this flatter me?” and the answer can be “no” without being insulting. Gotta know when to ask the right questions.