Don Cobb
The Miracle: Is Honesty really the best policy?
By Don Cobb
April 5, 2009

I think we all know it's true. Honesty really is the best policy. It is not, however, one of the Spiritual principles practiced much in America today. Political correctness (PC) takes priority over honesty today in many arenas. Many people in America lack the courage of their convictions these days; falling victim to what they perceive is acceptable and unacceptable socially. Honesty is almost certainly the first principle shown the door when PC comes into play. Socially speaking, honesty oftentimes becomes the death knell.

Take politics, for example. Is the American political arena the bastion of honest disclosure? Hardly. In fact, quite the contrary in many cases. It sickens me to hear a recent news blurb regarding a certain Asian politician in San Francisco ( Now that he has been sentenced to prison, another SF Asian Supervisor made a statement to the effect of "I know the majority of public servants are honest..." It makes me sick to hear such blatant lying in public statements. You know it's a lie. I know it's a lie. But PC allows someone the right to lie in public and not get called on it. There is no accountability in American politics today. That is why there is so much corruption, lying and dishonesty. I would love to start hearing follow ups to those who lie publicly, testimonies which address the politicians' lies, along the lines of "Recently Joe Crook said he never spoke with Willie Crackdealer and that they have never met. It turns out that they bought a house together and are business partners in Richmond."

Dishonesty is expected from politicians today. Those who represent Northern California are a classic example. One woman defrauded welfare, yet with enough signs posted all around the North Bay, she still got herself elected and re-elected to represent Californians in the state Congress. I've seen polls in which no one can list a single beneficial thing this woman has done during her years in Congress, yet she still gets re-elected. All it takes to get elected in California, it seems, is enough money for enough signs. Good character is no longer a requirement for leadership in America. It needs to be.

We're so used to lying to one another that commercials now use liars regularly, presenting the liar as "cute," as if the lie were harmless. Time was that no successful company would ever associate themselves with lies. Those days are gone. People expect politicians to be dishonest, they expect corporations to be dishonest and they expect each other to be dishonest. That's because Americans have bought into the lie that "Everyone lies." That is a lie. Everyone doesn't lie. That is the reason that America's divorce rate is around 50% today. Moral character is not reviled. Money, sex and looking good are what are worshipped in America today. God has taken a back seat to Self, it seems.

The Social bar has been lowered so far that no one is surprised when they're lied to anymore. We expect companies to do it in their advertising, we expect bosses to do it to their employees, and we lie to our own friends and families. Why is that, and when did that start happening? The truth is that we lie to our own children, oftentimes, because it seems easier than finding a way to tell the truth. So our children learn to lie from us, like we learned from our parents. And so on.

"If it feels good, do it." Sound familiar? The mantra of the liberal 70's has manifested itself in our society. That alone has given license to allow selfishness to become a way of life in the USA today. That is what gave the green light to lying in America. We decided that nothing is more important than feeling good. That, in and of itself, is a lie, but we bought it, hook, line and sinker. That mantra, by the way, was not something original which was thought up in the 70's. That is the same mantra embraced and practiced by Satanists for centuries. "Do as thou wilt" is the original phrase which is the Satanic mantra, and it so appealed to the selfishness of Americans in the 1970's that we adopted it as a lifestyle. It's the Satanist lifestyle. Get it yet? That's why lying has become acceptable and even expected these days. Our nation has been deceived and has bought into Satanism, although these days we call it "Liberalism." Liberalism didn't used to be based on selfishness and intolerance like it is today. Liberalism was, like the Democratic Party was recently, hijacked by people who subscribe to all that opposes what America was intended to be.

Those with a Spiritual foundation understand exactly what I'm referring to. Those who have not chosen a Spiritual path will scoff. I'm okay with that, as I've walked both paths, so I understand what it means to be blind in this way. But for those who hear what I'm saying, who see the truth about our dilemma today, for you I encourage you to adopt a lifestyle which includes honesty, rigorous, uncompromised honesty.

There is always a way to tell the truth with love. I believe that honesty, without love, can be brutality. But when expressed with a loving intention, honesty will set a person free. The truth will set you free. It's not just an old saying, a scripture which is irrelevant today. It's the truth and it's the same yesterday, today and forever.

If The Miracle is going to happen in your life, or in our nation, then the process of transformation will always start with humility, rigorous honesty, and then faith. If we are going to personally and collectively go from being upside down to right-side up, then we need to start getting honest about everything. It needs to start now. It needs to start with you. No longer can we pretend that it's okay to lie to our children or to each other. We need to choose to walk with dignity, letting no one force us into the dark where we are afraid to tell the truth about anything. We need to abandon the never-ending, never satisfied craving for personal pleasure and learn to have faith in the truth. The more honest we become, the more joyful becomes our lifestyle. Granted, when we express ourselves honestly and without reservation, people who don't like us will suddenly move away, which makes room for people who do like us to draw closer. Suddenly, we're surrounded by people who like us for who we really are, not for who we've pretended to be. Life suddenly gets real again and that feels do it.

Next: Faith and Trust — Critical and vital choices

("The Miracle" is an ongoing series of articles by Don Cobb regarding the process through which an individual and/or a group of individuals or nation get right-side up. Addiction, sexual, life, or relationship issues regardless how deep or serious are all resolved through this miraculous transformation.)

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Don Cobb, RAS is an addiction recovery professional and serves as Executive Director for North Bay Recovery Services in Sonoma County, CA. Don recently published a book entitled 12 Steps: NOT For Dummies... (more)


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