Is honesty genetic? Can ones genetic makeup determine ones tendency to be honest/dishonest?
Some cultures/countries/societies/tribes are more honest than others – it is due to their genes? Or is it just the shared environment? Or a combination?
And if it is all genetic – can people be made more honest clinically (may be by gene therapy – activating the truth gene by some chemical agent)?
Can (or Should?) genetic screening help select/reject right people for key positions (politics/judges/police etc.)?
The kind of world we are living in, there are economic/social benefits of dishonesty. Given this, and the concept of natural selection, will the truth gene(s), gradually become extinct?
Anyone has any insights, research, data, etc. to help answer these questions?
3 thoughts on “Is there a Truth Gene – Why are some people more honest than others?”
That’s a good question I just asked myself. I can trace my roots back almost 950 years. From what I have seen , honesty is something this family has demanded over the centuries. Honesty is truth and the truth sets us free. Since this genetic line began in 1066 , it has produced many politicians and leaders in their respective fields. I strongly believe that this is genetic as is the common sense or even intellect that the family lineage has provided it’s descendants. Saying that politicians are honest sounds ignorant on my behalf however these politicians were not manipulators or liars. ( quite honestly you’ve possibly never heard my surname before) A fine example would be a family member who was at a high rank at both the DEA and NORML at the same time. That shows conviction , belief , integrity and above all the honesty you mention. So my friend since these qualities have remained with the descendants over almost a millennium , not only in Europe , but North America , Africa , India and even Australia , I must say that is simply genetic and not due to ones environment or even upbringing as I never knew this family history and see the same qualities in myself as my ancestors possessed and many even told to me by others prior to the genetic research. Cheers to your excellent question that may take years of science to still discover but alas I believe it is correct and it is genetic without external manipulation. I have asked a family member about this as he is a DNA researcher but no evidence YET suggests it.
April 5, 2017. A baby can do wrong when conceived and born 9 months after sex between a man and a woman. It makes that man its father and that woman its mother. Even today, every baby is born with to grow up with this life-time “truth-gene”. It insures every baby’s certainty of paternity uncorrupted by man’s evil idea of man-made government to bless his lie that he is not his own baby’s genetic father sold as man’s freedom of speech to lie and win aka law. It still forces every man and woman to still lie that legal poof of genetic paternity is legal marriage instead of DNA match. This man made “lie-gene” is still blessed by every government in every nation. This is why every government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil [to sell men as sex masters]; in its worst state, an intolerable one [to sell women as sex slaves and innocent babies-in-fact as bastards-in-law]”, argued a man Thomas Paine in 1776 , This is why man’s lie is man’s law saying no to his own paternity is man’s negative thinking sold as positive thinking. It forces every woman to say yes to every man’s lie to insure positive thinking. This is why attorneys at law are attorneys in lie making courts of law courts of lie with self-serving absolute judicial immunity for Injustice by laws misapplied to prevent Justice by laws correctly applied to satisfy evil man sold in the form but not in the substance of GOD, a trade name for everyone’s Creator. Everyone’s 100% commonsense is 100% foolproof proof of everyone born with the truth-gene.
Attorney Lalit K Jain, Esq, Queens, NY, USA
This is so weird…i was just rambling along with my restless mind and a question that has been poppin up is why am i so honest? Alot of times to a fault. Because like you say, the society we live in forces you to play by their rules(if you want to avoid losses). I just decided to search “honest gene” and found this….it’s comforting to know other people are thinking the same way…We’re modern philosophers!