Civic Education

Honesty: True meaning of honesty explained with its attributes

len Alfred Ajibola - Sat, 13th April, 2019 @ 6:48 PM

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Academic Questions in Civic Education

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value that belongs naturally to someone is said to be _____.

  • A. Self

  • B. Neutral

  • C. Humane

  • D. Positive

  • E. Negative

  • F. Intrinsic

A traffic offender mandated to clean the roads is said to have carried out community service.

  • A. True

  • B. False

The following are solutions to cultism except _____.

  • A. The evils and dangers of cultism should be taught from primary schools

  • B. Government should legalize the use of guns so that students can protect themselves from cultist

  • C. Laws that discourage cultism should be passed into the constitution

  • D. Government should work to increase the standard of living in the society

  • E. Government should provide amnesty to encourage cult members renounce their membership

  • F. Religious groups should evangelize and pray for known cult members

With regards to cultism in Nigeria, the pyrates and magnificent seven was formed in which university.

  • A. University of Lagos

  • B. University of Ibadan

  • C. University of Ife

  • D. University of Calabar

  • E. University of Portharcourt

  • F. Ahmadu Bello University

The following factors may contribute to illiteracy in a society except _____.

  • A. Presence of academic structures

  • B. Culture

  • C. Poverty

  • D. Dyslexia and Dysorthogràphia

  • E. Corruption

  • F. Lack of awareness

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The above image shows a gallant Nigerian, Doctor Stella Ameyo Adedavoh who sacrificed her life in the act of service, during a disease outbreak in the country. What disease outbreak was this?

  • A. Bird Flu

  • B. COVID-19

  • C. Monkey Pox

  • D. Ebola

  • E. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

  • F. Chicken Pox

Which of the following is not an obligation of a citizen?

  • A. Payment of tax

  • B. Exercising the right to vote

  • C. Service as a jury when called upon

  • D. Fighting crimes without any need of reporting it

  • E. Ready to defend the country

  • F. Engagement in community and volunteer services

A legal process through which a citizen of one country gains citizenship into another country is termed _____.

  • A. International pass

  • B. Residential pass

  • C. Nationalization

  • D. Naturalization

  • E. Green card

  • F. Internationalization



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 further on 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 is of high quality' became a popular anthem in Nigeria where he sells his phone.

Please read on consumer right and protection here.


Twik is a sales boy who works for Trut. He 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 his master (Trut) had no sympathy for them.

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

You can read on community and volunteer services here.


Another trader by name 'Orto' saw how Trut made a lot of money from selling phones manufactured in Malta. With this knowledge, he decided to go into a similar business. Orto 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 named 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. Instead he said:

My phones are manufactured in Malta.


On hearing this, Jay said: 'If the phone is from Malta, then it's of high quality'. Recall that this was a popular saying coined by Trut's customers because he sells phones of high quality imported from Malta. Meanwhile, Orto knew about this popular saying, and that was why he responded to Jay's question by saying his phones were manufactured in Malta.

However, Orto on his part gave no response to Jay's generic statement. Eventually, Jay bought the phone and went away.

Please read on the leadership qualities of Joseph that has transformed lives here.


From the above story, we could not find where the sales boy (Twik) told his master (Trut) a lie. We also saw how Twik saved the lives of 10 poor children; but regardless, the fact remains that Twik is not an honest person with regards to his master's business.

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

On the other hand, Orto neither lied nor spoke the truth to the buyer (Jay). However, the fact still remains that he was not also an honest person with regards to his business. This is so because he broke another attribute of honesty.

We shall see these attributes of honesty which they (Trut and Orto) both broke further down this article.

Meanwhile, understand that Trut will no longer trust his sales boy (Twik) when he finds out that he always increases 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.

When a person is honest, he or she will always speak the truth, live the truth and love the truth.


It is worthy of note to state that being a truthful (honest) person may not get you a lot of friends. However, it will definitely get you the right ones. Meanwhile, understand that the concept of half truth is not always 'the truth' in reality.

Please read on the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience here.


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

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

In some cases, 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 a good one.

Please read on the beauty of suffering here.

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

 

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, the sales boy (Twik) was not loyal to his master (Trut) when he increased the price of phones by 1%.


3. Reliability: We become dependable when we are honest. In reference to our story, Orto would lose this attribute of reliability because he didn't give a sincere reply to Jay's question.
Please read on values in civic education here.

 

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 a nation.

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Amazing facts in Civic Education

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education activist, and she is the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize award at age 17 in 2014, for her work as a child rights activist and champion of girls’ right to education

Canadians are so popular for being incredibly polite. For this reason, the province of Ontario in 2009 passed the 'Apology Act'. The apology act states that:

Saying 'sorry', which can be an expression of sympathy or regret can't legally be considered an admission of guilt or fault


Notable points in Civic Education

All human beings are entitled to a fundamental, inalienable, non-discriminatory, indivisible and universal rights which is termed human rights.

These fundamental rights of humans will allow each and every one of us to live in freedom, equality, fairness, respect, peace and justice.

There is neither discrimination nor distinction in human rights. It doesn't matter if you are are white or black, a Nigerian or a Chinese, male or female, physically challenged or physically complete, rich or poor, yoruba, igbo or hausa, christian, muslim, hindu or an atheist.

The point is: 'we all share the same human rights'.

Below are some of our rights as humans:

  • Right to life

  • Right to freedom, liberty and equality

  • Right to religion and belief

  • Right to food and shelter

  • Right to education

  • Right to a fair trial and to follow the due process of the law

  • Right to be free from torture

  • Right to innocence until proven guilty

  • Right to belong to a country. (Right to nationality)

  • Right to freedom of thought and speech

  • Right to live a life free from discrimination

  • Right to movement

  • Right to democracy

  • Please read on the fundamental human rights here

A citizen has the following rights:

  1. You have the entire right and privileges as defined in your country’s law.

  2. No one can take away your citizenship.

  3. You can hold a passport from your country of citizenship.

  4. You can pass your citizenship to your children.

  5. You don’t have to fulfill any minimum stay to become a citizen.

  6. Provided you have the passport of your country of citizenship, you are free to travel to any country which your country has travel agreement with.

  7. You can have dual citizenship.

A legal resident in a country has the following attributes within that country:

  • They must provide their bio-metric information.

  • They can enter their country of residence on many occasions. However, when they break any of the residents’ status, they may be denied further entry into the country of residence.

  • They are able to freely live, study, work and travel within their country of residence.

  • They will still utilize their international passport (from their country of citizenship) for travels, but not their resident card or permit.

  • They can become a resident after fulfilling their stay requirement. As an instance, one may become a resident when they had lived for 10 years in a country without any issues.

  • They can only naturalize (become a citizen) after faithfully living as a resident throughout the required number of years.

  • They can lose their residential status when convicted for serious crimes.

Please read more on the rights of citizens and attributes of residents here.

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 concerning cooperation; and it goes thus:

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

Read more on cooperation here