Honestly….

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One afternoon, we went for lunch at a restaurant in Session Road. As we were paying, my nephew found three hundred pesos and, with the wrong interpretation of the game finder’s keeper, is about to keep it.

But because I saw it, I reprimanded and asked him to turn over the money to the cashier to be returned to any legit claimer. I made it sure my nephew returned the money because it was the right thing to do and I want him, at his age, to learn the value of honesty.

I remembered our gospel last September 18. It portrayed a dishonest man, even to the last days of work, that would think ways and means to be dishonest. One can conclude that a man trained to be dishonest will always be dishonest to his last breathe.

Many of us can encounter this kind of individual a lot of in our daily life. They are very cunning, sweet spoken and angel-like which can lure us to their bad, evil intentions.

The existence of this kind of individual is evident. Think about the multiple scam scandals that victimized and continue to victimize many individuals. Hard earn money were gone to thin air because of their scams.

Dishonesty is just in front of our noses, as we see the implementation of a project which is accomplished in substandard manner. More money is put in the contractors’ pocket than on the intended project. A vendor selling vegetables or meat will label his product over the actual weight.

Very sadly, dishonesty is within the backbone of our society. It is a bad drug that makes our society bold and wild, making us become like wolves that devour each other.

Why we are acting like this might be because we lost our focus. That is we forgot “what is essential is invisible to the naked eye.” Accumulation of material wealth is not primordial purpose of our existence. Rather, the main purpose of life is to invest in good action.

I believe we may obtain what is promised by our faith, eternal life. Being so, we should instead, teach each other to be honest so that God will be pleased to what we do with the little things, our very life, he entrusted to us. As a reward may He will find us all to be trusted with bigger things, like eternal life, if one believes it exists….

By: RODERICK V. PACUYAN.

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