This past week I discussed the core value, honesty. Students know what it means to show the qualities of being free of deceit and untruthfulness (American Heritage). We also discussed how people often refer to shades of honesty since pure honesty can, at times, cause hurt feelings. For example, if the turkey dinner is not tasty at Thanksgiving, pure honesty may not be necessary. The dilemma is at what point does that become deceit? Also, when we say, “he made an honest mistake,” we know that it is possible to uphold this virtue even in the midst of a small mistake.
One of my favorite plays is Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. The main characters are tested when their ability to uphold the virtue of honesty is challenged and broken. Holding back on having honest conversations erodes and eventually destroys relationships. The deepest hurt comes to the protagonist when being honest is violated and trust is broken, but as in all of Shakespeare’s tragedies, ruin comes not just to the protagonist but also to everyone he loves. Shakespeare understands human behavior and states, “Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.”
Honesty is a partner to trust. I have seen many students at Brimmer taking responsibility for doing what is right by being honest. They tell the truth even when it is hard and perhaps embarrassing. I am thankful for students who work hard to uphold the value of honesty because they know that trust is earned and easy to break.
I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for having a School filled with such wonderful people who work every day to uphold our Core Values and Life Rules.