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HONESTY It is not usually in a person's nature to be honest. Honesty does not come naturally but it can be developed. Honesty is necessary for the survival of a person in a group of people and to prevent possible conflict. Honesty makes it possible for people to live together. Some people seem to be honest to those they are close to but dishonest to outsiders. Their dishonesty hits so many others that it effects the entire society.

A person who is honest shows integrity, sincerity, and is genuine. An honest person implies truthfulness, fairness, and the refusal of fraud. They return lost goods that they may come across to the Lost and Found or to the person the goods belong to. Dishonesty occurs when the person decides to keep what they find for themselves. Sadly, dishonesty seems to occur more often than honesty. Abraham Lincoln was known to have walked back several miles to a store where he was give a penny too much in change, which explains why he was know as "Honest Abe."

There are many benefits to being honest. Although by being honest a person may not get what they want, they still have integrity and feel better about themselves, but when they take something that is not theirs they get a dirty feeling and their conscious tells them what they did was wrong. When someone is honest to their family but cheats everyone else, they are really just cheating themselves. A thief has no character; they know in their heart they are no good. Those with good character are more likely to succeed. An honest person is generally a better and stronger person. Most people are more honest when they are aware of a possible reward for their honesty. But even if there is no...