Is There a Difference: Truth v. Honesty?
I was watching an ESPN telecast when the host brought on a PR expert in reclaiming one’s reputation. The subject, obviously, was Roger Clements and his string of lies ever since he was revealed to be a ‘roids monstrosity.
This PR guy said there was a six-step process to recover one’s reputation and that the first two steps were "truth" and "honesty."
"There’s a difference?" I kept thinking.
So I looked up the two words:
Truth is defined as "the true or actual state of a matter" by dictionary.com (the first meaning given). Honesty is defined, first meaning, as "the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness."
So, I assume what PR guy meant was that, first, one had to begin telling the truth, and second, one had to adopt a policy of always telling the truth.
I still think the two are redundant since, if you adopt either truth or honesty as a policy, you’ll achieve the same goal.
However, it’s highly unlikely that Roger Clements has any intention of telling the truth or adopting honesty. Deceit is his only mode other than bullying others.