Dishonesty as a way of life
HAVE YOU EVER wondered about dishonest people? I don’t mean those who will 'borrow' the odd pen from work I mean those people who are actively dishonest in virtually every facet of their lives.
Now, admittedly, no-one is 100% honest. Have you never parked your car in a place where you shouldn’t really because you would ‘only be a minute’ - a parking meter bay or a restricted zone maybe? Yeah, me too.
This type of minor dishonesty is all part of being human but the dishonesty I am referring to is the kind of ‘full-scale’ dishonesty by which some people lead their lives. The kind where people will defraud banks of lots of money to fund their expensive lifestyle.
The kind where some will lie to (or about) others to gain an advantage at work at the expense of the victim.
There are people who think nothing of robbing the elderly or the infirm - the mugger in the dark alley or the unscrupulous builder who charges way over the odds for shoddy work or work that hasn’t even been done.
Or the corrupt businessman who bribes others to gain an exclusive and lucrative contract instead of bidding openly and fairly for it. Some people make it their life’s work to do no honest employment. They scam, cheat, lie and steal their way through life - always looking for the next victim, the next source of easy money.
The internet has made it easier for many of these people to do their worst. Have you ever been the recipient of an email scam? You know the type I mean, where some Nigerian Prince (why is it always Nigeria?) offers to share his inheritance with you if you will just let him use your bank account to deposit the money in?
The last time I tried to renew my car's road fund licence (a road tax in the UK) online. I inadvertently clicked on a site which offered to do it for me - for a fee of £40. Yet this service is offered free on the genuine government site!
And don’t get me started on dishonest politicians who only seem to seek office in order to feather their own nests!
What is the mindset of such people? Do they think they are above the law or are they simply using the rest of us as a ‘gravy-train’ to wealth? Are they the clever ones who have learned how to use the system and are we the mugs for being honest and trying to make it work?
Speaking personally, I am not Mister Goody-Two-Shoes - I don’t believe anyone is - but I’m certainly not any kind of crook, unlike many in this world. The reality is that it seems that many people see it as a fair tactic to outsmart their fellow citizens - even if that means robbing them of all they possess.
Their motto seems to be 'Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto You'. It is a way of thinking I just do not understand.
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