I always admired Lance Armstrong and it is hard for me to still digest the fact, that he was dishonest. Nike and others may continue to support, I am sure, due to financial implications, but the image is tarnished, for eternity. Noted Indian-American journalist and author, Fareed Zakaria, was suspended and then re-instated, on accounts of plagiarism.
I recall my school’s walls had murals and sayings highlighting the importance of being honest at all times. I grew up looking at those just like every other kid. And I cheated in exams for those extra answers to get some more marks. But I consider myself an honest person. Like we all do!
Last year, an IBMer heard my remixes (it is my hobby to mix music) and asked for the name of the song played at a particular juncture in the complete set. As gracious as I am always, I offered him to send the song while I replied with the name of the song. And his response stunned me! He did not want a song for which money has not been paid to the producer as he learned I downloaded it from some site.
In our society in India, we hardly buy music – most of it comes for free from websites. We feel it is all right to download them for free – socially it is not a crime in India. This dishonesty is acceptable just like giving money to a traffic policeman to avoid a ticket. Isn’t this a contronym of sorts?
In this video, Dan Ariely, bestselling author and professor of psychology and behavioural economics at Duke University, examines the mechanisms at work behind dishonest behaviour, and the implications this has for all aspects of our social and political lives.
So the big question we need to ask ourselves is how do we conduct ourselves? And, impacts it has on a larger society and then in turn on us. We do not need examples of Lance and Fareed to bring that change in us. I wonder if those murals are still decorating the walls of my school? I wonder if students still cheat in exams?
- 18. Free Beer: The truth about dishonesty (12160.info)