The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shown us two sides of honesty. On the one hand, patients withholding information about their recent travel history can mean life or death for the attending healthcare worker who risks contamination. On the other hand, stories of people returning cash assistance money because they had already received financial aid from another program warm our hearts and restore our faith in humanity.
Since childhood, we’ve been constantly conditioned to be honest. “Honesty is the best policy,” said English politician Edward Sandys. “No legacy is so rich as honesty,” wrote playwright and poet William Shakespeare. “Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway,” taught St. Mother Teresa. Even Pope Francis has a take on honesty. “The Gospel calls individual Christians to live lives of honesty, integrity and concern for the common good,” said Lolo Kiko.
Admittedly, being honest isn’t always easy: it’s awkward, painful for both the person being honest and the recipient of the honesty, and infringes on your privacy. Everybody has an opinion about whether to tell the whole truth and nothing but (check out the essays “7 Reasons Why You Should Always Tell The Truth,” “When Is It Okay To Lie,” and “11 Times When Being Honest Is Almost Never Worth It”), so when faced with a situation, use your best judgment and learn to live with your decision.
In celebration of annual National Honesty Day this Thursday, April 30, here are three My Pope-recommended films that revolve around the theme of honesty:
If you like comedy:
Liar Liar (1997) stars the inimitable Jim Carrey as a smooth-talking lawyer whose life turns topsy-turvy when his son wishes his dad would stop lying for a day. Rent or purchase on YouTube.
If you like romance:
Jennifer Lopez goes from a hotel cleaning lady to a high-class socialite in Maid in Manhattan (2002). Senatorial bet Chris Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) falls in love with her, but will he still feel the same when he finds out who she really is? Watch on moviehdz.com.
If you like drama:
Imagine you’re on your honeymoon and your spouse suddenly springs you with some honesty: he or she loves you but wants to keep things platonic. That’s the premise of On Chesil Beach (2017), which stars Saoirse Ronan as the uptight wife and Billy Howle as her husband whose decision from her honesty will haunt him for the rest of his life. Watch on moviehdz.