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Why it’s hard to be honest

Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Kyla Anderson, Stony Brook

Have you ever been dishonest? I have, and I’ll tell you what happened.

I play soccer, and I had a soccer game in second grade. I had never scored a goal and always wanted to, and in that game I didn’t score. But when I got home, I told my dad I had scored a goal when I actually hadn’t.

There are many reasons why it’s hard to be honest, but I’ll give you two. One is that you never want to make others feel bad. So, for example, say I ask my friend, “Do you like my outfit?” and they don’t like it. But they don’t want to say that it looks bad because they wouldn’t want to make me feel bad.

The second reason it is very hard to be honest is that when you do something that’s not right, you don’t want to tell the truth because you know you’re going to get in big trouble. But deep down inside, you know you have to tell the truth.

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