Mon | Sep 21, 2020

The cost of honesty

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:14 AM


Our future generation must learn to recognise that being honest is not an indication of weakness. About seven years ago, I had an experience with one of my current good friends. I saw $200 credit applied to my Digicel phone. It wasn’t long after that someone called my phone, telling me I got the credit by mistake. I told him that I would certainly send it back shortly.

A barber friend of mine overheard the little chatter and decided to intervene and said he could send it back for me because I wasn’t phone savvy. The stranger told me I could send it to the same number he called me on.

The barber friend felt I was rather stupid in sending back the credit. He took the phone from me and I tried to give him the guy’s number, but he told me he got it.

I thought the young man was now rejoicing for my good deed, but I was in for a rude awakening. The so-called friend sent the credit to his own phone and was beside me laughing when the youngster called, telling me that he didn’t get it. I didn’t ask him if he didn’t send it. I felt ashamed for him!

I gave the phone to another friend, who sent it, and the guy called and said he got it. The last $200 sent was my personal credit.

What’s your cost to be honest? Is it $200? Is it twice that amount, or the amount doesn’t matter? What we lack in our society today are people who are willing to do the right thing constantly. That is why people are willing to give a man a ‘bly’ without thinking what seed they have just planted – corruption.

This is where integrity comes in. One person defined integrity as doing the right thing when no one is watching. Our general society lacks integrity. Integrity is not an innate virtue anyone can be endowed with. It just requires proper nurturing in a fruitful environment.