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Personal honesty

   One of the most important things in life for me is strict 
   honesty.  I make the following ideals my guide: 

     - To be always sincere in all that I say.  To say only what I 
         honestly mean.  When I make compliments, to be sure that 
         what I say is only what is honestly and sincerely meant.  
         To not flatter. 

     - To not be afraid to be serious;  My natural disposition is 
         a serious one.  I am serious most of the time and I don't 
         feel it necessary to apologize for my natural 

     - To not pretend in any way.  If I smile at someone it is an 
         honest smile.  I only smile when it comes naturally and 

     - To not feel it incumbent on myself to make witty remarks, 
         quips, retorts, etc..  I feel it is better to say nothing 
         than to say what would be in poor taste, silly, imprudent 
         or likely to be interpreted wrong or to hurt feelings.  I 
         say only what comes naturally and if nothing good 
         suggests itself I say nothing.  I tend to be skeptical of 
         hastily made quips or retorts.

     - To never lie for any reason.  I believe there is no 
         justifiable lie, no such thing as a "white lie".

     - To not pretend to feelings of any kind.  I don't ever fake 
         feelings.  If I feel serious I never feel it necessary to 
         be light-hearted or gay.  I am what I feel.  Always. 

   I believe that the above type of strict honesty is a very vital 
   part of spiritual health.  It is for me, at least.

   July 1977

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