A Reading on
"This Matter of Honesty"

Only God can fully know what absolute honesty is. Therefore, each of us has to conceive what this great ideal may be--to the best of our ability.

Fallible as we all are, and will be in this life, it would be presumption to suppose that we could ever really achieve absolute honesty. The best we can do is to strive for a better quality of honesty.

Sometimes we need to place love ahead of indiscriminate `factual honesty.' We cannot, under the guise of `perfect honesty,' cruelly and unnecessarily hurt others. Always one must ask, `What is the best and most loving thing I can do?'

---from As Bill Sees It, page 172

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