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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

413- A Joined Venture between Honesty and Dishonesty


One day, Peter went home very sad. His wife asked him what was wrong. He said, "My colleague accepts bribes. He is getting richer. He is liked by his boss and very popular among his peers because hes dishonest. Look at me: Im honest, but nobody likes me and my boss treats me badly. What should I do? I cant accept bribes.

The wife paused for a moment, and then told him a story from the Greek folklore. Image: The right, word in Arabic صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمة الحق Image: The right, word in Arabic

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمة الحق

Dishonesty had an encounter with Honesty. Honesty was wearing torn cloths, and looked tired. It went like this:

Why are you not happy?

I had nothing to eat the whole day.


Ive no money.

Youre really strange. Youre poor, tired and hungry. You live poor and will die hungry because youre careful and honest. Try to learn how to trick people, and forget about your way of thinking. You dont know how to deal with people. I know how to attract them and deceive them, get what is in their pockets and they feel glad. Learn from me.

 Honesty paused for a while and then refused the advice of Dishonesty. As Honesty became very hungry, he said, What shall I do now?

 Dishonesty suggested that they two go and have dinner in a restaurant.

The two of them went to a fancy restaurant. Dishonesty ordered food for himself and for his friend (Honesty). After they had eaten, the waiter brought the bill. Dishonesty shouted at the waiter, Give me the change of the $hundred bill I gave you just now.

The waiter replied, But you didnt give me a $100 bill.

I did so.

The manager of the restaurant came, and caring about his restaurants reputation gave Dishonesty what he asked for. Honesty was upset and said to Dishonesty, You caused trouble to the poor waiter, and he might even lose his job because of you.

Dishonesty said, "I dont care about him. We ate without paying. Not only that but I left the restaurant with some money in my pocket.

How do you accept that? asked Honesty.

You dont know what is the best for you answered Dishonesty.

At last Honesty decided to leave Dishonesty even if that meant he would die of hunger.

→ English translation of the story here at رحلة مشتركة بين الحق والباطل. Divider

May I befriend You because You are the Truth.

For my sake You became naked and hungry.

How can I then not endure every thing for Your sake?

May I be poor and may You make me rich.

May I hunger to be filled with You.

In You is my satisfaction.

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