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"Honesty is the best policy"

"Honesty is the best policy"

Well this is what was drummed into me as a child! but is it entirely true? What about where honesty meets tact... "does my bum look big in this?" ... surely a sensible sentient being would have to give an INSTANT no, in this scenario... quite frankly, even if it did!

What about. "why are you late for this meeting?!"... "Oh, it's because I'm severely hungover, and I actually just had to go and vomit in the gents..." - Don't think that's going to win you many browny points either?!

Whilst these are silly points, there are deeper aspects to this debate. Honesty is the best policy... for who? Someone who is always entirely honest (let's assume they have some tact!), may not always win the day.. as he could get easily scuppered in the work place for example by a decidedly less scrupulous colleague... So it may not be the best then eh?

Is being honest somehow good for the karma, god for the soul? Will it makes us nicer, more trustworthy and hence get us more friends?

What about in Medicine, when a dying patient asks how long they have to live? Pure honestly many not deliver the optimum outcome to the patient, but an answer that has feeling and empathy for their exact situation is surely the better way to go...

Are british people more honest that other countries? Apparently, we're good to do business with, because we can be trusted.. other countries certainly do not have this reputation.. where does this honesty and integrity stem from? Can a society nurture this and carry on knocking  out great bastions of truth.. or are we losing this charming trait as a nation, in these faster and more competitive times?!

Is complete honestly a privilege of the comfortably off?! For if you have nothing, would you not do and say whatever you can to just get by?!

Just a few little teasers for you there... So are you coming to this cracking debate then? BE HONEST?!

Want to speak at it?

Couple of spots left for speakers. if you fancy taking this one, then please do drop me a line!


Please come as my guests!

Please come as my guests! Other Lansdowne regulars will also be in attendance, they are a diverse, fun and interesting crowd, and we're all looking forward to you joining us too, and brining along your views! (or just watching and taking it all if you prefer!)


Please RSVP

Please RSVP if you'd like to join in on this debate! The dress code at the club is smart casual (no jeans, trainers, men have to wear a jacket...). Just come in and say you're with Marcus Warry, and they will direct you to the Sun Room for the debate! See you there!

P.S. Debates are always held on the last thursday of every month. Sign up as many as you like!

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  • Peter T.

    Lively and well-attended debate, expertly chaired by Marcus, as always.

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Sabina

    This debate sounds great and I'm hoping to attend. I read an interesting article on lying being cultural...I'll leave the rest til the debate...:)

    1 · May 17, 2013

    • Marcus W.

      Hi Sabina, hope you're well! Are you able to come to this? Should be a fun night! M

      May 29, 2013

  • Peter T.

    This is likely to prove a great debate. An idea much loved by people in positions of power and influence, such as politicians, police and doctors.

    1 · May 23, 2013

    • Marcus W.

      Great, looking forward to seeing you on Thursday and hearing your perspective! M

      May 29, 2013

  • terence f.

    sadly out of town

    May 24, 2013

    • Marcus W.

      That's a shame, hope to see you again soon! M

      May 25, 2013

  • Marcus W.

    Great, see you there I hope Sabina! Marcus

    May 23, 2013

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