While for some, teaching the "why" of honesty is a simple matter, there are those of us who have been taught for the majority of our lives that "nice people finish last"
This simply isn't the case. While dishonest people may occasionally cheat and win in the short term, as soon as they trip and fall, you'll find that not too many people will help them to their feet.
In the long run, the benefits of honesty far outweigh any short term benefits of dishonesty.
Besides, "Character is itself a fortune." - Samuel Smiles
I believe what he is meaning to say, is that the wealth of life is that which you become and create, not in what you amass. Now, don't get me wrong, I am very pro-wealth. I simply believe that it is one ingredient to an awesome individual. Spoil the honesty, you spoil the awesome.
All too often we associate having more money with a better life. Money amplifies your life, like a relationship does.
If you're angry and abusive, a relationship amplifies that. If you're dishonest and unethical, money amplifies that.
If you're loving and giving, a relationship amplifies that. If you're abundant and helpful, money amplifies that.
When you squeeze an apple, you get apple juice. When you squeeze a lemon, you get lemon juice.
Be honest, be beautiful, be amazing, be awesome, and let wealth and love magnify that.
Sensei Ono, Shinka Martial Arts
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