DECEPTION & DISHONESTY–WHAT IF…

Businessman tearing up a sign saying - Distrust - conceptual image importance of trust and cooperation in successful business.

So this purchase I was making on the Internet wasn’t going so well and I attempted to cancel it. That wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be. This got me once again questioning why people have to be so deceptive. Now I realize I am being extremely idealistic, but I keep imagining what it would be like to live in a world where no one was deceptive or dishonest. Think of what that would be like…

  • You could buy products and services, confident that they will live up to all of their advertising claims. Imagine that! Spot removers would actually remove spots. Steaks would actually be tender. Foods advertised to “Taste Great!” would actually taste…well, great! The car dealer would really really sell you a car at the best price. Grass on the other side would indeed be greener.
  • A contract would be written so that it was completely fair and you could read it with no trouble understanding exactly what it says. Stop to think of it, if everyone was totally honest, there wouldn’t be a need for contracts. The downside: we’d need fewer lawyers. No wait—is that really a downside?
  • There would be no politicians, only honest government representatives. They would actually support the needs and wishes of their constituents. They would never be influenced by campaign donors or lobbyists.
  • Packaging would undergo incredible changes. There’d be no more struggling with those impossible-to-open plastic blister packages because no one would be stealing what’s inside. Cereal boxes would stop getting shorter or thinner because folks at the cereal companies would stop trying to deceive us by deceptively altering the boxes to disguise the shrinking quantities inside. And, get this, the packages you can’t see through—whatever size they happen to be—would be filled to the top instead of only two-thirds worth.
  • Divorce court would be less busy…maybe even non-existent because husbands and wives would be honest with each other. And, they would never cheat on each other. Ehhhhh….Nah. That’ll never happen. Forget that one.
  • Insurance Policies would actually insure. There’d be no surprises after an alien ship rips half your roof off and then takes off with your middle child and the dog. The insurance agent wouldn’t show up pointing to subparagraph “z” of paragraph 31, item 382, page 963 of your policy that says acts of alien worlds are not covered.

Well, those are just a few of the things I thought of off the top of my head that might happen if we lived in an honest world. But, I don’t think we should get our hopes up.  Between you and me, there’s not much chance things will ever be that way…honestly.

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Meanwhile, here’s the honest-to-God sincerest thanks from me to the following folks who stopped by marc’s blog and left a “like” behind: Mae McDonnell, Ron Carmean, Kathy Neiman, Words We Women Write, Monica from mopana, Mike Fuller, Elan Mudrow, Wizard, Almost Iowa, Damyanti Biswas (missed you!), potatopen, Tom J. Stewart, John Caras, Buck McWilliams, Peter Bolger, Kathleen Neiman, Dave Graveline, Audrey Winter Driben, Natalia Blackie, Camie Dunbar, Tom Duffy, and Melanietoye.

 

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About Marc Kuhn

I am a retired radio exec. I've worked at major stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. That was then. This is now: I've published seven books and this blog thingy. Need to know more? Really? Okay, I bare/bear all at http://marckuhn.com The other links are for the websites of each of the books I've written. I've been busy! Hope you'll stop by and check them out. Thanks for your interest!
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