Honesty is…

The following is the result of a Mama Jamz assignment given to the Fishmaster.  I made no corrections (except his misspellings of  ‘radiance’ and ‘treads.’)

You can see hints of the reading he’s been doing at school (they just finished The Count of Monte Cristo  and have been studying the Bible some.)  I love the coyote/lamb sybolism and all the “lo’s” and “thrusts” and such.

Guess how proud I am of my just-turned-13 year old…


by the Fishmaster

What does it mean to be honest?  Is it the act of being true, or the absence of lies? When one is entrusted with a task, any task at all, honesty must be applied.  If not, you will be the sly coyote.  The coyote, who creeps through the wood at night, is in search of the innocent lamb. 

But, when the light of honesty shines its radiance on the coyote, it becomes beautiful; it does not feed on the flesh of the lamb, for it knows that killing the lamb will bring the coyote unhappiness.

And when the coyote sees that all is good, he is happy. 

The same applies to all things, for all things wish to be happy.

If a man does many wrongs, and lives in the sly, why does he do these things?  For he knows that these acts will bring him nothing but misfortune, unhappiness, and sufference; or does he?  He is tempted, by the illusion of happiness that awaits him at the end of the task in which honesty is thrust upon him.  But lo, he passes the path of honesty and treads the road of temptation, which he will wander hopelessly on this wicked road forever.  But, if he chooses the path of honesty, he will be rewarded with a shower of happiness. 

But still, is it possible for a kind man to be dishonest, and a wicked man to be honest?  The answer, in my view, is yes.  A kind man can be dishonest, and still be kind but not necessarily wicked.  The same applies to the wicked man.

But what of the man who believes he is doing a right but in fact is doing a wrong.  Perhaps it matters if the act is more severe than others, or the level of its severity.  But the man, who thought he was doing a right, has the virtue of innocence.   Thus saying, there may yet be a third path: The Path of Innocence, where the path is long but not treacherous.

In conclusion, you have a choice: Honesty or Dishonesty, Truthfulness or Untruthfulness.  As for the Path of Innocence, you will not know when you enter it. 

“Do not Live Life in the Sly” – Sawney Webb

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Grandma L
    Dec 24, 2008 @ 16:10:41


  2. carla webb
    Dec 24, 2008 @ 17:27:11

    I have a lump in my throat. I am so proud of the Fishmaster. He should pursue writing as fervently as fishing.

  3. Cousin Betsy T.
    Dec 24, 2008 @ 17:46:11

    That child is wise beyond his years(and very sweet).

  4. charmarie221
    Dec 24, 2008 @ 18:40:44

    very insightful

    those fishermen run deep….

  5. Angie Reyes
    Jan 05, 2009 @ 04:36:05

    WOW! Are you sure your son just turned 13? That was great- thanks for sharing! 🙂

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