Philosophy of Life 04

TOPIC

My views on the proverb “Honesty is the best policy”

(上記TOPIC、英語で意見を論理的に述べる技術とトレーニング第7章より引用)

Essay

 I believe in the proverb, “Honesty is the best policy” for the following three reasons.
 Firstly, being honest does not mean saying everything one thinks. Honesty is telling the truth and truth is a fact, and one’s opinion is not a fact.
 Secondly, whether it is good or bad to tell the truth is something judged not by one who tells the truth but by the one who will be told the truth. For example, some research shows that as many as 89% of cancer patients who are told the truth said they were glad to be told the truth. Therefore it is better to tell the truth even when one thinks it is better left unsaid.
 Thirdly, it is best to accept the fact even if it is cruel because it is important to know the current situation correctly. People say that telling the truth may devastate some people, however no matter what the fact is, how to react to the fact totally depends on people. Of course some people dwell on the negativity. However, other people see trouble as an opportunity and overcome the predicament and make a great progress.
 As I mentioned, for the aforesaid three reasons, I believe in the proverb, “Honesty is the best policy”.

メモ

諺「正直は最善の策」に対する意見です。
こういう事の善悪が絡む問題は、何を善いと思うか、何を悪いと思うかは人それぞれで、たいていの事は善い事だと思えば、そう思えますし、悪いことだと思えば、そう思えるので、本当に書くのが難しいですね。
ディベートなどで反論されると、「人それぞれですし、確かにそうともとれる」としか答えようがないように思います。

「嘘も方便というとおり、パニックを避けるためや、人を傷つけないために、嘘をつく必要もあるのではないか?」という反対意見が考えられますが、「正直とは、真実を、その時の状況や相手の気持ちを配慮して、ベストな時に、ベストな言い方で伝える事であって、不注意に何でもかんでもペラペラ喋ってしまうことではない」と反論できると思います。