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The Honest Beggar

In My Eyes

By Edward B. Antonio


Honesty, they say, is the best policy, fellas.

Read ahead this true story and judge for yourself how many people consider it still the best policy nowadays.

A set-up video was conducted by two values-oriented enthusiasts to find out if the people living in the city are still honest.

A video camera was hidden somewhere following the movement of the other. Let’s just call the videoman Johny and his partner Mark.

The first scene was in a busy sidewalk alley during a rush hour. Mark pulled out his cellphone and off flew a thousand peso bill. The two men saw what happened, stopped by and then one of them picked up the money and inserted it outright into his pocket. They continued walking as if nothing happened.

The second scene was in a busy street where a man clad in shorts and shirt was walking steadily when Mark, three steps ahead of him, pulled out his cellphone to let go of the P1000-bill. The man saw the money, picked it up, then hurriedly walked to cross the street, away from Mark, apparently to savor his catch.

The third scene was beside which seemed to be a street beside a medical school. Mark was walking ahead of two male medical students when he did again the trick. The students saw what happened. One of them stopped, picked it up and talked for a while to his partner. After the “consultation,” he pocketed the money, and then they walked casually as if it was just an ordinary daily experience.

The last scene was in an alley where an old, dirty old man was begging. The beggar was probably in his late fifties. When Mark pulled out his cellphone, the bill landed right in front of the beggar. Without hesitation, the old beggar stood up aided with a wooden staff, picked up the money and called on Mark.

“Hey, Mister, wait. You let go of your money. Come back!”

Mark stopped walking, turned back and saw the old beggar, limping towards him, a P1000-bill in his hand.

“You dropped your money there, Mister, here it is,” the beggar said.

Mark looked at the beggar’s face, then suddenly, tears trickled down his cheeks. The beggar had sunken cheeks and eyes, a balding forehead and had difficulty walking.

“Thank you for your honesty, that is very rare,” Mark said.

The two chatted for a while, then Mark pointed at Johny hidden among the bushes, filming the scene.

Before Mark left, he handed the beggar the P1000 which the latter picked up.

“This is too big!”

“No, that is just a small amount compared to what I lost earlier today. Good luck, God bless, see you again next time,” he said, then left. The beggar returned to his seat, kneeled and prayed.

Why is it important to be honest, fellas?

Here are ten benefits of being honest as Barclay posted:

  1. Honesty promotes authenticity. Honesty is a reflection of your own thoughts and feelings. If you want people to know who you really are, be honest in your self-expression.
  2. Honesty fosters courage. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is doing what you know you want or need to do, despite your fear. It takes an immense amount of courage to say what you feel. It is often difficult and takes practice and patience, but its payoffs are enormous.
  3. Honesty shows you care. Being honest with yourself and with others shows how much you really care. It also demonstrates self-respect and respect for others. A caring attitude makes people stop and think. Gentle honesty is also very attractive and appealing.
  4. Honesty creates a circle of love. Honesty sets an example that invites others to imitate. When others respond with honesty, it can create more interpersonal closeness and authenticity. This often translates into love and can create an ongoing evolution of loving relationships.
  5. Honesty shows maturity and self-acceptance. There can often be hurt and pain associated with honesty. A mature person conveys honest expression in a style that minimizes painful impact. When others are hurt, the mature, self-accepting person remains in the relationship to work through any pain experienced by the other person.
  6. Honesty fosters a connection. Honesty can bring people closer by creating a safe connection. It forms a context for the relationship within which both parties feel secure enough to be genuine in their interactions. Such a relationship can invite and empower each party to work through some highly personal issues.
  7. Honesty feels exhilarating because it is so freeing. Being authentic and saying what you feel and think feels great! By doing so, you break free of the limitations of fear.
  8. Honesty eliminates garbage. Hiding true feelings or withholding information creates emotional garbage. Being honest from the beginning of any interaction prevents the build-up of emotional garbage.
  9. Honesty attracts honesty. If honesty becomes an unconscious habit, you will become very attractive to other honest people. A life filled with authentic people is vastly enriched.
  10. Honesty can keep you out of trouble. We all know how you can dig yourself deeper into a hole with lies and deceit. So from the start, don’t even go there. Keep a clean slate by staying honest, especially when you fear the anticipated consequences.#