Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Necklace’ and other story about honesty

I happen to read this article from one of the leading broadsheets in the country today and can’t help but share this article to all of you.

There is a short story by Guy De Maupassant titled “The Necklace” which tells the story of a housewife of humble circumstances who’s invited to a grand ball and finds that she has no “suitable” jewelry to wear. A wealthy friend loans her a necklace to wear to the ball, but when the housewife gets home, she finds to her great dismay that she has lost the necklace.

Desperate, the woman and her husband borrow from friends and family and sell or pawn off all their belongings just to raise the money to buy a necklace that could be passed off as the one she borrowed. Then they spend the rest of their lives in penury, working to the bone to re-pay their loans.

Years later, the woman encounters her wealthy friend. Disheartened by the woman’s appearance, the friend inquires what happened. After hearing the story of the necklace, the friend exclaims: “That necklace? My dear, it was paste!”

In his short story, De Maupassant was of course writing not just of the perils of borrowing (and lending) jewelry, but the perils of trying to cover up a thing in the past with the hope of everything will be just fine. Sometimes, it is our line of thinking that goes like “well it’s just a simple thing or perhaps a white lie, anyways, I’ll just compensate it through other things,” could also be similar to what the woman did that instead of telling the truth and be ready to face the consequence, she hid the truth thinking that it would do more good than harm.

In our present society, when dishonesty is beleaguering our moral fiber, it spells the difference of lying for the sake of avoiding somebody to get hurt. Yes, the truth will cause us to hurt others that may sometimes be judged as ‘self-liberation’ confession. But lest we forget that it is the truth that will set you free, and those who was hurt even more when he was denied the right to know the truth.

BE HONEST: Even if others are not…Even if others will not….Even if others cannot. “ He who walks honestly walks securely” Proverbs 10:9

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