Some people call it accountability. I think it’s just a good human trait: honesty with others, whenever possible.
Not that it’s always possible.
Here’s an excerpt from The Last Good Country by Ernest Hemingway:
“‘I don’t want to do anything bad,’ Nick had said. ‘I don’t want you to,’ Mr. John had said. ‘But you’re alive and you’re going to do things. Don’t you lie and don’t you steal. Everybody has to lie. But you pick out somebody you never lie to.’”
That is perfection in colloquial dialogue.
And it’s also one of my favorite quotes in the world.
Who is the person I try to never lie to?
Myself, of course.
How about you?