Our Moral Compass
Oh, I think Facebook people would find this good with all the scams and games that go on there. There are a lot of takers on the internet and seems to be quite a few people who are gullible and do not even bother checking to see if something is true or not before they open their wallets. One thing I have learned from Facebook is that people are not always what they seem.
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Now, I have some really good people I met on the internet that I trust with my life. And then, there are those that I have believed in and yes I have been gullible and gotten used. But, it was a lesson learned. Someone the other day was talking about a person they knew and said “you know, they are just too nice acting and too sweet to be true”. You know, the old southern statement “that person is too much sugar for the pound”. My response was that if they really felt that way than to be on guard for the truth will always emerge. We have to learn to use our brains and to ask questions and to think, not be part of the herd. Well, at least I know I do for I do not have that much money to spare.
People who lie start out with that niggling of the conscience saying this is wrong. But, after a while….those that lie begin to believe their own lies and they just continue to lie. They soon deaden the conscience inside of all of us that makes us feel guilty when we lie, cheat, steal or otherwise do something we know is wrong. They are the ones that their whole life becomes a lie because they no longer feel their conscience tell them anything. And the sad thing is that not only are they affecting themselves, they are setting examples for all the people around them that living a lie is ok.
I find that when people are not real and they know you begin to suspect them, they will go to all lengths to try to prove that they are telling you the truth. Only the acts come out as fake as they did with the scam. And they do not get it that when they tell you a half truth, they have just told you a lie and made it where I for one will not believe anything they say.
Don’t tell half-truths and expect trust when the full truth comes out. Half truths are no better than lies….
We were created perfect. We come into this world and all the things that happen through our life shape us. That is not an excuse for those that lie, cheat and steal. It is just staying that how we live affects the person we are. People learn to lie from somewhere. They learn to steal from somewhere and they learn to cheat from somewhere. And after a while, they will convince themselves that this is ok. And they might do alright in this life but when it comes to facing our maker…that is a different story. We were made with good hearts and we should try to keep those good hearts and not follow like sheep down paths that are not honest, ethical and moral.
image from https://www.facebook.com/wisdomquotes
I imagine every generation has had their share of fake people and scams but it seems to be more now than ever and I believe that is because it is so easy on the internet. Every thing from selling babies, to losing my house, to losing my car, to dying, etc is used to get people to feel sympathy and donate to them. And before the internet was so big, the people did it locally but now they can do it nationally and people do not bother to check. That is why the first quote box is so important. It says give but do not be used, love but do not be abused, trust but do not be naive and listen but do not lose your own voice (or brain).
If you live your life with integrity, honesty and morals, then expect those around you to do the same. I grew up hearing that expression that “birds of a feather flock together” and it was not until I got older that I realized that another expression “we are known by the people we associate with” was saying the same thing. If we believe in integrity, honesty and ethics, then we should be hanging around with people who believe like we do. People with similar beliefs and likes tend to hang out together. Those that are big drinkers hang around those that are drinkers. Those that like to party hang around those that like to party. Those that are church goers hang around other church going people. And those that are honest tend to hang around others that are honest. And those that like to play games, lie and deceive tend to hang around others that like to do that too. So, I believe we hang around or associate with those who have the same moral compass as we do.
One rule of thumb to always remember….if people are talking ugly about those you know…you can bet your last dollar they are talking or have talked ugly about you. Those that are not genuine are able to carry it out because they move from group to group and the group they are chummy with today is the very people they were demonizing the days before. Honesty and integrity are an everyday thing for people who are really honest and ethical and so if we come into contact with people who are suddenly our best buddies and they begin making snide remarks about the people they used to hang around with, your antennas should go up and you should begin to recognize that they have no integrity or honesty. Once you become aware, then you will recognize that some of the sugary sweet things they say really have a knife in the middle of the bouquet.
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