One way in which we can inculcate honesty is by educating people on the pitfalls of dishonesty. Here, we start by asking ourselves what the potential pitfalls of dishonesty are. Once people are aware of the potential pitfalls of dishonesty, they are likely to avoid being dishonest. They are likely to be more honest in their dealings. So, what are those potential pitfalls of dishonesty? We have identified 3:
- Being dishonest may lead to loss of financial opportunities: once the people you work with discover that you are dishonest, they will tend to avoid dealing with you. Nobody wants to do business with a dishonest person. Doing business with a dishonest person brings about the possibility of being scammed, and that is something most people are keen to avoid. Furthermore, dishonesty tends to grow into a habit. Consequently, one finds himself being dishonest even in situations where there is no discernible benefit. Take, for instance, something as simple as filling details into the Biolife easy scheduler. One is expected to fill in the correct details, in order to get a plasma donation appointment. But someone who is habitually dishonest will be tempted to fill in the wrong details — just for the heck of it. That can possibly lead to loss of a plasma donation appointment. So we see a situation where being dishonest leads to loss of an opportunity to do good (in terms of donating plasma). Similar scenarios abound – where dishonesty leads to loss of opportunities.
- Being dishonest may lead to deterioration of personal relationships: people you interact with soon come to figure out that you are dishonest. And once they figure this out, they will tend to avoid having any serious dealings with you. So you end up in a situation where your personal relationships deteriorate on account of your dishonesty.
- Being dishonest may lead to general unhappiness in life: dishonesty leads to guilt. Your conscience is bound to torture you, while frequently reminding you of the cases where you have been dishonest. That is what leads to guilt. And the perpetual guilt in turn leads to general unhappiness in life.