Long, long ago, there was a boy who lived in a small village. One day when he was out in the fields, he shouted,“Wolves are coming!”People all came to save him. But in fact,一here were no wolves. The boy told a lie. People were all unhappy. But the boy felt happy. So he did it again. But at the third time, wolves really came. He shouted for help but nobody believed him. The boy was eaten by the wolves. The story tells us it is very important to be honest. If you aren't honest, people will not believe you and no one will help you.
Honesty is one of the most treasured traditional values in China. The children are taught to be honest when they are very young. At schools the students are also instructed to be honest.
However, with the development of soclety, we often hear complaints about dishonesty. Reports with the theme of dishonesty often appear in the media. For example, some people try to get rich and llve a comfortable life. But they do not work hard honestly, instead they cheat others. They sell something quite ordinary at a very high price, clalnfing it is a priceless piece he inherited from his great father. Some people's delaying paying back the loan can serve as another example. Some people, including some college students get loan from the hank, and promise to pay within, say, 3 years. However, they don't do that.
The dishonest people sometimes can get benefit from their behaviors. So some people assert that dishonesty can bring people benefit,while honesty only makes people suffer. Is that so? Definitely not. It is always true that honesty is the best policy. It pays to be honest. The cheater selling "the treasure" mentioned above will surely be disclosed and punished some day. On the contrary, if he had been honest, neither the buyer nor he himself would have suffered. The people who do not return money in time will sooner or later become notorious, and will not get the money from others again. If he had acted differently, he would have earned respect and trust, meanwhile, the bank would not have suffered from loss.
In summary, honesty can not only benefit others but also oneself. We should be honest.