Has Honesty Died?

Some are suggesting that Ghazi Adra is the most honest man in Australia. Why? Because he handed in $50 000 that wasn’t his.

Mr Adra found a cooler bag stuffed with five neat bundles of $US100 notes on a Sydney train and took it to a police station. He didn’t even think about keeping the money.

In the News.com.au story Honest Aussie battler Ghazi Adra hands in $50,000 found on train we’re told that the 68 year old man shocked police by handing in the money.

He was holding more money than he earns in a year as a storeman at an electrical factory, but Mr Adra never once thought about keeping it, telling his family: “We must go to the police station and hand it in.”

Even the policeman on duty at Mt Druitt was surprised by his honesty.

“The officer said to me, ‘I can’t believe you are handing this in, you are a very good man’,” Mr Adra said.

Mr Adra deserves to be congratulated for his honesty, and I wouldn’t want to downplay what he did, but is that kind of honesty really that rare today?

I don’t know how anyone could keep that amount of money if they found it. Would you have kept the money?

Not many of us would be likely to find such a large amount of cash but some of us may find money or other items from time to time. Have you ever found anything valuable? Did you try to find the rightful owner? Would you keep $50 if you found it? What about $100 or $200? What amount would you consider needed to be handed to police?

Have you ever lost something valuable that has been returned?

While cycling I find a number of items on the side of the road. I’ve tracked down owners for several phones and a few other bits and pieces. I found a USB Drive a few days ago. I found the owner’s email address on the drive and have emailed them to arrange its return. I haven’t heard back as yet.

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Show some respect

graffiti.jpgI’m sure you’ve heard it and you might have even said it yourself.

“Teenagers have no respect these days.”

Is that really the case or have we forgotten our own teenage years? Are you a teenager? What are your thoughts when people make blanket statements like that?

Joan Grosser returned to the Morning Programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM today and we tackled the issue of teenagers and respect.

The Basis of Character – the quality of your character and that of your children is best exemplified by the presence or absence of three attributes: respect, honour, and honesty. These are action terms. Having an attitude of respect, honour, and honestly is not enough; there must be an ongoing demonstration of the three.

Respect, honour and honesty are critical fibres in the moral fabric of our being. To respect others is to honour them and to honour them is to live honestly before them. The parent’s job is to take the intangible concepts of respect, honour and honesty and make them tangible – to take their abstract meanings and make them concrete. – Gary Ezzo

If you’d like to hear this morning’s segment just click play on the audio player in this post.

I’d really enjoy hearing what you have to say. Is the perceived lack of respect just a problem for today’s teens or have we failed to model and teach respect? How do we show our children how to respect others? Is respect only something we display to those we feel have earned it or is it something deeper than that?

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Honesty still alive and well

You’ve probably heard about the American guy who picked up what he thought was rubbish on a footpath because he wanted to jot down a phone number. On closer inspection, Reggie Damone found it was an envelope containing a cheque worth $US185,000 ($A212,000).

Reggie works at a McDonald’s and receives government help due to his low wage but he says he didn’t think twice about trying to cash the cheque. Instead, the 47 year old took a bus to the bank and returned the it to the niece of the person whose name was on the cheque.

She thanked him with a $50 reward. I reckon a little more than $50 would have been nice for returning such a large amount but I’m sure that Reggie appreciated it. He said that although he knew the money could pay his rent and other bills for a long time, he was never tempted to try to cash it and splurge. Reggie said he remembered his mother’s words: If you take something, you lose three times that amount – and if you do something good, something good comes back to you.

Nice to know there are still honest people in out communities.

What would you have done with the cheque? If it was your cheque would you have slipped Reggie a little more than a fifty?

I wonder if he ever did get to write down that telephone number.

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