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Honesty is like the sword in the stone. For some, it comes easier, but for most it is difficult and hard to maintain over time. Honesty is often a difficult virtue to uphold as it relates to others, but it is often also very difficult to uphold this virtue with ourselves.  Being honest with ourselves is often very difficult, as it is easier to lie to ourselves and try to create our own reality than it is to live with the truth. Although it is hard to uphold the virtue of honesty, both to ourselves and to others, it remains very important and live an honest life.  

When people say that the truth hurts; it is often true. No one ever said that being honest was easy or comes without pain, but it can also hurt us if we do not tell the truth. The age old story about the Boy Who Cried Wolf teaches us the importance of honesty. We often forget those kinds of stories because of how simple they are, but the messages are so powerful and often hold the best lessons.

It is hard to be an honest person throughout your life, as there are often situations that come up where it would be easier to be dishonest in the short-run. It is hard to stand by what you believe to be the truth and it is hardest to acknowledge those who do not always use the truth. In this day and age it seems to get increasingly more and more difficult to recognize what is true and what is not true. It can be hard for us to comprehend some truths, and that is something that comes along with being honest.

The poem “Truth Never Dies” explains how truth is something that will always be around. Even when people mock and joke about it, even as it is forgotten and ignored; it is always there. This is so important to remember; truth always exists. We sometimes forget to use truth and honesty in our lives, but the more we can work to be honest and truthful, the better off we will be as a person.

-Maddy

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