National Honesty Day is celebrated on April 30. This date was specifically chosen by the author of The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed The Course of History and Affect Our Daily Lives and former Maryland Press Secretary M. Hirsch Goldberg two reasons. The first is that April begins with a day of falsehoods as April first is April Fools Day. The Second is becuase it is the date of the inauguration of the first president of the United States Mr. George “I cannot tell a lie” Washington.
The purpose of National Honesty Day was mainly aimed at politicians who are notorious for not telling the truth. The History of The United States is filled with men caught in a lie such as Richard Nixon. This tradition is unfortunately still practiced and there is not a real sense of that ending soon.
National Honesty Day, however, is not just for those in politics. The day is also for every individual person in our society as a reminder that the truth is always better than a lie. Society has split lies in to two categories. The first is “the white lie”; this type of lie is mostly used to spare someone’s feelings. For instance if you are married and your wife asks you if she looks fat in the dress she has on, it is usually dangerous to day yes, even if you think she does look fat in the dress she has chosen. This type of lie spares the person’s feelings and also the one who lies avoids an argument.
The second is a “major lie” a major lie is any dishonest act such as stealing and and denying your guilt, or cheating on your taxes. These types of lies can have ultimately extremely bad consequences.
So how should we celebrate National Honesty Day? One possibility is to spend the day telling the absolute truth to everyone who asks you a question of any kind. The second is harder. The day should be spent in self reflection and then action. Use the day to think about your life and determine what lies you have told. These lies can be lies we have told others or lies we have told ourselves and become to believe are true. After we self evaluate, we must do what is in our power to correct the lies we have told, and the consequences others may have suffered because of them.
One of my favorite expressions is ‘the bottom line”. The bottom line of this article is that “the truth will set you free.”