Civic Education

Honesty - True Meaning of Honesty explained with its Attributes

len Alfred Ajibola - Sat, 13th April, 2019 @ 18:48

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Academic Questions in Civic Education

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Which of the followings is NOT a correct definition for values in Civic Education?

  • A. Value is a more personal measure of worth
  • B. Value is the esteemed quality which a person attaches to certain ideas, beliefs or principle
  • C. Value is a laid down rule and standard that influences our relationship with people
  • D. Value is the standard principle that is supported by individuals and the society they live in
  • E. None of the above
  • F. All of the above

The act of always telling the truth to others and oneself is best referred to as _____.

  • A. loyalty
  • B. discipline
  • C. faithfulness
  • D. honesty
  • E. godliness
  • F. goodness

Which of the following is NOT a consequence of dishonesty?

  • A. Loss of reputation
  • B. Imprisonment
  • C. Loss of sympathy
  • D. Loss of customers
  • E. Being disgraced
  • D. Being cursed

The cooperation seen among the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) is best classified as _____.

  • A. social cooperation
  • B. community cooperation
  • C. financial cooperation
  • D. religious cooperation
  • E. trade cooperation
  • F. idiopathic cooperation

Which of the following statement is incorrect concerning cooperation?

  • A. Division of Labor is a form of Cooperation
  • B. Cooperation is a process of coming together
  • C. Cooperation is aimed at achieving a common goal
  • D. Cooperation is a form of social interaction
  • E. Indirect Cooperation is a type of Cooperation
  •  F. None the above options

Which of the following is not a pressure group?

  • A. Armed Forces Ruling Group (AFRP)
  • B. Boys Brigade
  • C. Academic Staff union of Universities (ASUU)
  • D.Girls Guide Movement
  • E. Red Cross Society

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Meaning of Honesty:

A person may not tell a lie and yet he is not being honest. Another person may speak a truth and yet she is being dishonest. The fact is; honesty goes beyond not telling a lie. It goes beyond speaking a truth.

Before I do justice to this topic, I think it’s a great idea to narrate a quick story that will open up the real meaning of honesty.

Please read more on the Benefits of Honesty here.

There is this young man named Trut. By profession, Trut sells phone. He imports all his phones from Malta. All his phones are of the hgh quality and as a result, he got himself a lot of customers. His customers were completely satisfied with his products such that the saying: “if the phone is from Malta, then it’s of high quality” became a popular anthem in Nigeria where he sells his phone.

Please read on Consumer Right and Protection here.

Twik, one of his Trut's sales boys decided to increase the price of the phones by 1% whenever Trut wasn't in shop.

Twik used this 1% price increase to help the poor and needy around the shop because Trut had no sympathy for them.

Twik saved the lives of 10 poor children with this very act.

Please read on Community and Volunteer Service here.

Another trader by name Orto saw how Trut made a lot of money from selling phones manufactured in Malta; so he decided to go into a similar business. He registered with a phone manufacturing company in Malta. He specifically told this company to produce phones of average quality for the masses in Nigeria.

Please read on Production here.

When Orto’s phones arrived from overseas, he sold them at a lower price. This made him gain a lot of customers.

One day a buyer by name Jay came to Orto’s shop to purchase a phone. He asked Orto:

Are your phones of high quality or low quality?

Orto was confused because his phones were neither of high nor low quality; for he sold phones of average quality.

To answer this question, He neither gave a yes nor no for an answer; but instead he said:

My phones are manufactured in Malta.

On hearing this, Jay said:

If the phone is from Malta, then it should be of high quality.

Orto on his part gave no response to Jay's statement.

Jay bought the phone and went away.

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From the above story, we could not find where the sales boy Twik told Trut a lie. We also saw how Twik saved the lives of 10 poor children; but the fact remains that Twik is not an honest person.

  • Twik actually broke an attribute of honesty when he increased the prices of phones by 1% whenever Trut was not in shop.

On the other hand, Orto neither lied nor spoke the truth to the buyer Jay; but the fact still remains that he was not also an honest person. This is true because he broke another attribute of honesty.

We shall see these attributes of honesty which they both broke in the next paragraph.

Note: Trut will no longer trust Twik when he finds out that twik increased the price of phones by 1% whenever he wasn't in shop.

Similarly, Jay will no longer trust Orto when he discovers that his phones are of average quality.

Please read on Reputation and How to build a good Reputation here.


What is Honesty?

You may have heard the saying:

Truth is Bitter

Honesty is the act of being truthful; first to yourself and then to others, regardless the end result.

In honesty, you speak the truth, live the truth and love the truth.

Being a truthful person may not get you a lot of friends but it will definitely get you the right ones.

Note: There is nothing like partial or half honesty.

Please read on the Consequences of Adam and Eve's Disobedience here.

In honesty, you don’t necessary have to tell a truth like Orto did. You must tell the truth.

  • Telling a truth may imply that there are some other truths you are yet to say.
  • Conversely, telling the truth means there is no lie on the subject of discussion.

An act of honesty may lead to pain, sorrow and even death, but no matter how it ends, the ultimate goal of honesty is always good one.

Please read on the Beauty of Suffering here.

When a person is honest, they become upright in their actions and principle.


Attributes of Honesty

Below are some attributes of Honesty:

1. Truthfulness: The truth must be said at all times. There is nothing as half-truth.

2. Loyalty: To be honest, we need to abide to the rules and regulations even when no one's watching.

From our story, Twik was not loyal to Trut when he increased the price of phone by 1%.

3. Reliability: You become dependable when you are honest.

Orto would lose this attribute because he didn't give a sincere reply to Jay's question.
Please read on Values in Civic Education here.


Five benefits of honesty

  1. You earn the trust of people.

  2. It makes you honorable.

  3. It earns you favour.

  4. It eliminates corruptions and brings about transparency.

  5. It will exalt the nation.

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Amazing facts in Civic Education


Cooperation can be defined as the process of coming together, working together and helping one another to achieve a common goal

According to A.W Green 

Cooperation is the continuous and com­mon endeavor of two or more persons to perform a task or to reach a goal that is commonly cherished

According to F.E Merrill

Cooperation is a form of social interaction wherein two or more persons work together to gain a common end.

There is this saying from the chairman of Microsoft and it goes thus:

Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning - Bill Gates

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1. Direct Cooperation

2. indirect Cooperation

3. Social Cooperation

4. Religious Cooperation

5. Financial Cooperation

6. Community Cooperation

7. Occupational Cooperation

Please read on the details of the types of cooperation here

All human beings are entitled to their rights (Human Rights); but the truth is, we still have got some limitations to some of these Human Rights. Below are 4 limitations:

  1. Soldiers have the right to life but when duty calls, they must be willing to die for their nation if need be.
  2. Although human beings have the right to movement, an insane person may be deprived of this right.
  3. Right to owning a property can be taken away; for instance, if a person is convicted of owning a property through corruption, stealing or another illegal means, such person will be punished in accordance with the law. Their right to those properties will be taken away.
  4. One who uses the right to freedom of speech in bringing about chaos in a democratized society will be penalized by the court of law.

Please on the fundamental human rights here