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Friday, September 21, 2007

Sweet honesty

Written on a small white board, the house rules say:

  1. Self-service po lamang. (Self-service only.)
  2. Get what you need.
  3. Please pay [for] whatever you get.
  4. If you have no change, please knock at the next door. If no one answers, sorry. So you give more than the price. Salamat po (Thank you) and may your tribe increase.
  5. Remember, honesty is the best policy.
  6. Thank you and have a happy day!

Honesty Coffee Shop is located in Ivana, the third town from Basco, Batanes. It does not have a store clerk to attend to your needs. It does not have a spy camera or a CCTV to watch you cheat. But all in the name of honesty, which is home-grown in Batanes, you can buy candies, biscuits or drink coffee.

Looks cool! Right? What if this coffee shop is located in the metropolis? Would you think it will survive from the hands of crooks? I do not think so. defines honesty as:

  1. the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
  2. truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
  3. freedom from deceit or fraud.

I am not a 100% honest person, but I know if an act or thought is WRONG and I am sure, I am on the right track not to be entangled in a situation like THIS and THIS.

As Thomas Carlyle puts it:

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less
rascal in the world.

Here are more quotes and resources on HONESTY:

Henry Louis Mencken, A Little Book in C Major, 1916

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you
would lie if you were in his place.

Ambrose Bierce

The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.

Mark Twain

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has
only nine lives.


Note: Quotes were lifted from: Quote Garden

2 people have commented. Leave your comments too!:

It might come as surprise to you but a test by a network here showed that there are more honest people than rascals. I too was amazed at the outcome of the test.

I suppose our leaders should take notice of this and just might shake their senses.

mschumey07, I believe, too, that there are more honest people than rascals. But the thing is, honesty does not get into the news. There are a few of them, like taxi drivers returning bags left in their cab, etc...but these seem to be shadowed by the immesity of the crooks in the government.

I agree with you. The leaders should live the government motto: "A public office is a public trust."


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