Character is the face that we show the world, and we should be as truthful and honorable to our associates as we can to ensure that our character is perceived as strong and beneficial. In this category, we cover topics like:
Honesty, compared to half-truths, misleading statements and deception
Holding back – secrets, masking the truth
The importance of keeping your word
Excuses, blaming others, spreading rumours and innuendo
Accepting and shirking responsibility
There's an old saying that a lie can run around the world while the truth is still getting its boots on. Nothing can be more damaging to other people than a lie, and nothing can be more damaging to our character than being caught in one. We ask Whizolosophers and experts to discuss truth, honor and the development of character. How does one develop a reputation of honor and integrity, and how should we maintain and protect our good name? How do your internal motivations drive you in the way you approach truthfulness, and how does it shape your public image?
Bad character is a challenge for many people to deal with; gossiping and spreading half-truths, a sense of entitlement, and so forth. But at the same time, we ask: are there times in which it is part of our character to withhold or bend the truth to save people's feelings or reputation? Is it better to share information when we feel it's important but might have a detrimental effect on others? There are many shades of gray to explore here.