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Final Thoughts on Trust: Truth…Truthful…Truthiness

We have looked at the importance of trust in our working relationships this week, as well as ways to build and rebuild trust once it has been damaged or lost.  Honesty and Truth are facets of moral character that also include virtues such as integrity and truthfulness.   Opposite of these values are the actions of lying, cheating, and stealing.

Honesty and truthfulness are considered to be the most important elements of trust.  Truth is universally respected by even the untruthful! When a person tells a lie he will protest that he is telling the truth, an admission to self that “Honesty is King”.  Lying is also considered to be cowardly.  It has been said,  “that truth, alone, may not constitute a great man, but it is the most important element of great character.”

“Truthiness” was the Word of the Year for 2006.  The definition?   “Truth that comes from the gut, not the books.”  This is an inner-directed truth and is more holistic than truth that comes from the judicial system.  Truth and Trust go hand in hand.

There are various fringes of untruths.  They are…

  • Bold lies
  • Half-truths (half-lies)
  • Duplicity:  When actions and words don’t match

All of the above will tear down trust.  Take the good advice of Thomas Jefferson, “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

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Judy W Bell

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