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Comments by Maynard S. Clark - 3 Feb 2008

In Reference to: 31 January 1993 - DOES IT PAY TO BE HONEST?

'Mitt Romney went to church today (while John McCain wasn't fully defined around that topic), and the Democratic candidates are all Baptists (albeit 'Black Baptists' for the season), but sometimes an honest answer may be "I'm agnostic about that."

An honest agnostic who doesn't know COULD be a very good listener, without an agenda to define things one way or another -- and could be a good listener for an individual friend or coworker, as well as an audience member in a church, a political audience like a rally or an electoral season appearance, or a college lecture.

PAY? Depends on what we're being paid to do.

HONESTY?? I think that we're learning that honesty requires attention sustained over a very long period of time. Memory, level-headed analysis, and a grasp of manifold details.

We look for a versatile yet capable honesty from political candidates, employees and coworkers, family members and fellow citizens, and ourselves. We look for the long view, but for some folks, a simpler 'yes' or 'no' is all we can expect of a scale of honesty that deals only with a few details, not many particulars.


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