Straight Talk from Straight Kids

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 2, 2000

GEOFFREY MICHEL / L’Observateur / August 2, 2000

There are many different types of people in the world. You could be black or white,short or tall, shy or outgoing, but there is one person that nobody likes, and that is a dishonest person. A liar is someone no one can tolerate. A liar is more than likelynot the person you would share secrets with. This is a story I found:The Honest Disciple Once a rabbi decided to test the honesty of his disciples, so he called them together and posed a question.

“What would you do if you were walking along and found a purse full of money lying in the road?” he asked.

“I’d return it to its owner,” said one disciple.

“His answer comes so quickly, I must wonder if he really means it,” the rabbi thought.

“I’d keep the money if nobody saw me find it,” said another.

“He has a frank tongue, but a wicked heart,” the rabbi told himself.

“Well, Rabbi,” said a third disciple, “to be honest, I believe that I’d be tempted to keep it. So I would pray to God that He give me the strength to resist suchtemptation and do the right thing.””Aha!” thought the rabbi. “Here is the man I would trust.”The way you answer the rabbi’s question says a lot about if you are honest, and it also shows a lot about your character, as money is hard to pass up.

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