字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Proverbs 175. The proverb today is honesty is the best policy. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. The proper basically means it is usually best to tell the truth. Simply put, that's really what it means. It stresses the idea that even though honesty is sometimes difficult in certain situations, in the long run it usually produces the best results. So that's the idea. That's the real idea behind it. Lies can start to have a life of their own. You know, maybe you get lucky. Maybe you just tell a lie and that's it. It's over, but on the other hand. Sometimes, sometimes more lies must be told to cover previous lies and it could become a vicious cycle. And you never get any rest. And you might eventually get caught in your lies. Once a person is considered a liar, one can lose all credibility and then people may not even trust you when you are telling the truth. So that's why they often say honesty is the best policy. Or at least in most cases. Or if it's serious enough or if you really don't have to lie, try to avoid lying. I guess that's the idea. All right. Let's continue here though. However there is another side. On a daily basis people often tell white lies. Now remember a white lie is a lie that's considered to be less serious but also one that you tell simply so that you don't hurt someone's feelings.So simply to be polite or not hurt the feelings of others. If anyone had ever seen the old movie "Liar Liar " with Jim Carrey. You can see many circumstances or many situations where white lies can make life easier. You may not realize how many times, how many times a day you might actually be telling some white lies. And you know not think anything that serious about it. In, in the plot , his son wishes his father could never lie again because his father disappointed him many times. He didn't show up for many dates and he had a birthday and he made a wish and he wished that his father could never lie again. And supposedly in the movie it comes true. And the father is unable to lie and then you see all the situations that could happen on a daily basis where sometimes you almost need to lie. You know, I don't know I guess there's a woman who had a crazy hairdo and she asked them what do you think ? And he has to go like "Oh it's special " Or you know he has to ... he has to find some way to get around it. Or you know, I think there was a scene where he's, he's sleeping with one of his superiors at the ... you know, at the law firm. It was a woman and she says oh well how was it for you ? And he, he just came out wiht " I've had better. " Yeah. Of course, she got really insulted by that. But you know, he he couldn't even believe that came out of his mouth because he couldn't lie at that point. So yeah, it was a lot of funny scenes in that movie. I think it was one time where the teacher had asked the son, yeah what does your father do for a living ? And the son says well he's a liar. And she says oh you mean a lawyer don't you ? No. and he's like ( shrugging one's shoulders) that. Like what's the difference ? They lie all the time. So but you know, in a serious manner that we... people probably do tell a lot of minor lies. These are probably not the ones that they're talking about. But the more serious lies or if you can avoid lies you know, it's probably always best to do it because in the long term it may have the best results. Well let's continue here. The proverb is often credited to Ben Franklin because it is included in his writings. I think it's in I think it's in one of his books of Proverbs as well so that's why they often give him credit for it. However the earliest citing predates Franklin The first appearance of this proverb was stated by Sir Edward Sandy's, an English politician. You know I think it was almost like about a hundred years before Franklin was around. So he may have been the first one to actually say it. Okay. Let's just give a couple of examples here. Example number one. Don't some convoluted lie you know, a lot of you know a lot of details and this deep story to excuse your behavior . Just be honest with him. honesty is the best policy. So this is a way that somebody may use it. Or number two here. You should have known better than to let yourself get caught in a web of lies. Well that's a little bit like we talked about before because sometimes you have to tell lies to cover the other lies to cover the other lies. sometimes it gets hard to remember the lies . Remember I think I covered a video of Mark Twain talking about. It's easier to tell the truth simply because then then, then it's it's not so complicated. You don't have to remember all the lies. Okay. Honesty is the best policy. Okay. Anyway, I hope you got it. I hope it was clear. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.