It is commonly accepted that modern society is a hypocritical society and that appearance and false feelings should be admired and widely imitated. As Marlon Brando pointed out to a presenter in a TV interview, acting is a survival mechanism, a social organ, a lubricant that saves our lives every day, for people lie convulsively all the time.
We are taught to lie constantly; even so, there were some brilliant moments in the history of humanity when telling the truth was the rule, and liars were mocked and despised, when freedom was common to all citizens, even under the illusion of an ideal to be broken by the wheel of fortune. Let's remember some of them
George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was known for his honesty and integrity. He famously admitted to cutting down a cherry tree as a child, saying "I cannot tell a lie."
Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India's independence movement, who was known for his commitment to truth and nonviolence. He famously said, "Truth is the most fundamental aspect in human life."
Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, who was known for his honesty and integrity during his fight against apartheid. He famously said, "I have always tried to be honest, even when things have not gone well."
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, who was known for his honesty and integrity. He famously said, "Honesty is the best policy."
Aung San Suu Kyi, the former leader of Myanmar, who was known for her commitment to democracy and human rights. She famously said, "It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it."
Martin Luther King Jr.: He was an American Baptist minister and civil rights activist who is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. He was known for his powerful speeches and his unwavering commitment to truth and justice.
Socrates: He was an ancient Greek philosopher who is known for his method of questioning to arrive at truth and wisdom. He was also known for his honesty and integrity in all aspects of his life, even when it resulted in his own death.
Pericles: Athenian statesman and general who oversaw a period of great cultural and political growth in Athens during the 5th century BCE. Known for his eloquent speeches and commitment to democracy, Pericles was highly respected by the citizens of Athens.
Emperor Augustus: The first Roman Emperor, who reigned from 27 BCE to 14 CE. Augustus oversaw a period of relative peace and stability in Rome after decades of civil war, and his reign is often considered the beginning of the Pax Romana.
Emperor Claudius: Fourth Roman Emperor, who reigned from 41 to 54 CE. Claudius was known for his intellect and administrative skills, and oversaw a number of important public works projects in Rome.
Emperor Hadrian: Roman Emperor who reigned from 117 to 138 CE. Hadrian is known for his military campaigns and the construction of the wall that bears his name in northern Britain, as well as his patronage of the arts and architecture.
Antoninus Pius: Roman Emperor who reigned from 138 to 161 CE. Antoninus Pius is known for his successful military campaigns, administrative reforms, and support of the arts and education.
Solomon: King of Israel who is known for his wisdom and justice, as well as his construction of the First Temple in Jerusalem.
Elizabeth I: Queen of England who reigned from 1558 to 1603. Elizabeth I is known for her successful rule during a period of great political and religious turmoil in England, as well as her patronage of the arts and literature.
King João I: King of Portugal who reigned from 1385 to 1433. João I is known for his military campaigns against Castile and his successful efforts to unify Portugal after a period of political instability.
Charles V: Holy Roman Emperor who reigned from 1519 to 1556. Charles V is known for his military campaigns against France and the Ottoman Empire, as well as his patronage of the arts and architecture.
Winston Churchill - British Prime Minister known for his honesty, courage, and leadership during World War II.
Vaclav Havel - Czech writer, philosopher, and statesman known for his honesty, intellectual rigor, and leadership in the Velvet Revolution.
Julius Nyerere - Tanzanian anti-colonial activist, politician, and statesman known for his honesty, integrity, and commitment to African socialism.
Pope Jean Paul II - Head of the Catholic Church known for his honesty, humility, and commitment to social justice.
Angela Merkel - Former Chancellor of Germany known for her honesty, pragmatism, and leadership during the European migrant crisis.
Jacinda Ardern - Prime Minister of New Zealand known for her honesty, empathy, and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.