Thursday, July 3, 2008

Be Honest - Even Others Are Not

The article I read from on-line news prompted me to write this blog. It’s all about how someone’s act of dishonesty causes other’s misery.

A father working in Australia sent a package for his daughter in Cebu as a gift for her graduation. The package contained, among other things, a digital camera. When his family received the box that held the package, they found that it had been forcibly opened, the sealing tape destroyed and everything it contained was gone.

What made me to write this article—was the fact that nothing will surely happen to this incident nor this story did not seem to be getting anywhere with the concern authority. It seems nobody is unduly concerned about the man’s problem.

Who’s at Fault?

Those of us who have had an unhappy and unfortunate experience like this man—I am sure there are many —will probably exclaim, “Why in heaven’s name, if the package contained something valuable, did he send it by post?”

This is not the first time people have lost stuff sent by post. Even ordinary mail that comes from abroad often arrives mangled and torn, resealed with scotch tape and with the notation “Received in this condition” or something like that.

But was it really the man’s fault or is it that people nowadays doesn’t have regards about honesty? After all, isn’t that sending mails and packages to its intended recipients is the job of these postal employees? Not to mangle and tear almost every envelope and packages from abroad and cannibalized its content before reaching its rightful owner?

A Test of Faith and Work

Two weeks ago, my fellow OFW office-mate encountered a minor vehicular accident while going back to our camp. I was immediately called upon to assess the situation. The driver of the other vehicle-- a Pakistani, upon learning that I was about to call a Police for the necessary report begged me not to. It turns out that he (Pakistani driver) doesn’t have a driver’s license and was driving recklessly—a serious traffic violation here in the Kingdom with a penalty of imprisonment plus 20-body lashes, confiscation of the vehicle and a fine. After some negotiations, I gave in to his pleadings and decided not to report the incident to the Police as long as he will shoulder the cost of the damage to our company vehicle.

The True Measure of a Man

We went to the motor shop to have the damage asses by the tinsmith. After a while, the Pakistani handed to me the money as what has been assessed by the tinsmith. The Pakistani driver thanked me for the favor I did to him and we parted ways. Some of my colleagues chided my plan to hand over the full amount to the company’s in-charge of vehicle maintenance and insurance. I was told not to give the full amount but half, since it will just be corrupted anyway by the person. My quick hesitation and persuasion offer no defense to their plan. Indeed, they were serious about it and just to avoid further arguments, I transfer to them the responsibility and conscience over the money and drew the line between friendship over doing what is ought to be right.

The true measure of a man is what he ought to do when nobody is looking.”

From this quote, one can easily tell a hypocrite from a man who values his honor. The one who values his personal integrity cannot be dissuaded from doing what is truly right. And if you are having “I will do it first before others can do it” kind of thinking, what difference do you have from the person you condemn for wrong-doings?

Aren’t you will just end as one and the same?

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