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Brief understanding of honesty and society

In recent decades, with the emerging development of technology and its following relevant products, internet scams, Telemarketing scams frauds and even cryptocurrency such as the Doge mama scam seem to present a rampant trend globally. Hence, it is necessary for us to probe the ethics of honesty and society. 

In modern society, the marketisation and internationalisation of the economy, the democratisation and legalisation of politics, and the modernisation of cultural pluralism and ways of interacting, all highlight the value of integrity and demand the practice of it. We can define integrity as the sum of the psychological awareness, principles and behavioural activities of sincerity and trustworthiness, which are closely related to modern economic contractual relations and democratic politics and inherit the traditional virtue of integrity.

The essence of honesty, from the following aspects, to grasp: 

First, honesty is a people in the world, treating people and life practice must and should have a sincere, truthful attitude and keep the promise of the behaviour quality, its basic requirement is, to tell the truth, to do honest things, to be honest. They are the basic qualities and characters that modern people must and should possess. 

Under the conditions of the market economy, people can only adapt to the requirements of social life and realise their life values if they establish the moral quality of sincerity and trustworthiness. Secondly, integrity is a kind of social moral principle and norm, which requires people to guide their actions with the principle of truthfulness and pragmatism and treat all work with the attitude of unity of knowledge and action.

In modern society, honesty not only refers to commercial integrity between citizens and legal persons but also includes social public integrity based on social justice, such as institutional integrity, national integrity, government integrity, corporate integrity and organisational integrity. This means that any government or system must be organised and constructed following the principle of integrity, and must exercise its powers and responsibilities following the principle of integrity. Once the principles and spirit of integrity are departed from, the government will lose trust in the people and the system will become an unreasonable burden. Again, integrity is the dialectical unity of the individual and society, of psychology and behaviour. Integrity is essentially the unity of virtue ethics and normative ethics or ethics of conviction and ethics of responsibility, the unity of moralism and utilitarianism, of ends and means. 

In short, integrity or honesty are the root and essence of all morality. It is not only a personal virtue and quality but also a social moral principle and norm; not only an intrinsic spirit and value but also an external reputation and resource. Integrity is the embodiment of morality and righteousness and at the same time a guarantee or source of merit.

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