Intellectual dishonesty is a failure to apply standards of rational evaluation that one is aware of, usually in a self-serving fashion.
I’ve sat in front of my keyboard for 2 hours now, and I keep restraining myself from typing what I want to say, because it will damage reputations.
Instead, let me share a couple of teachings I find particularly inspiring and powerful.
|evameva kho, rāhula,||“In the same way, Rāhula,|
|yassa kassaci sampajāna-musā-vāde natthi lajjā,||when anyone feels no shame in telling a deliberate lie,|
|n-āhaṃ tassa kiñci pāpaṃ a-karaṇīyanti vadāmi.||there is no evil, I tell you, he will not do.|
|tasmātiha te, rāhula, ‘hassāpi na musā bhaṇissāmī’ti —||Thus, Rāhula, you should train yourself,|
|evañhi te, rāhula, sikkhitabbaṃ.||‘I will not tell a deliberate lie even in jest.’|
from mae chee kaew’s biography
I think this is where it came from. This not not exactly what she said, and I probably have a slightly different spin on it then she may have intended, but how I interpreted her instruction is:
Sometimes you end up having to lie (to someone else or the world), and that’s ok, or tolerable in some aspect. But you must never lie to yourself . That can never be tolerated. At all times you have to be honest with yourself about what your true intentions and motives are.
We’re human and we make mistakes, but always being honest with ourselves, that keeps us in touch with our conscience and keeps the possibility of rehabilitation and redemption alive. May we all have the courage to atone for our mistakes.