Diogenes carried a lamp through city streets in the daytime “looking for an honest man.”
“There’s a sucker born every minute!” P.T. Barnum
“I believe that people are basically good.” Anne Frank
“Trust but verify.” Old Russian Proverb
The longer you live, the more crooks you will find
bound and determined to rob you blind!
They do so many things that just aren’t right.
which makes me wonder, how do they sleep at night,
these con artists, schemers, and scammers,
charlatans and flimflammers?
The world is crawling with dirty dealers,
false advertisers, chiselers, and cheaters.
Swindlers make promises too good to be true.
Fly-by-night tradesmen are targeting you.
Annoying junk mail and phone soliciters
are high-pressure hucksters and time wasters.
There’s no end in sight for white collar crime,
false advertisers, identity thieves online,
snake oil salesmen, online quacks,
weight loss gurus, and computer hackers.
Dressed for success are those insider traders,
predatory lenders, and pension fund raiders.
On social media, conspiracy theories confuse.
Questionable sources proclaim, “Fake news!”
Who can we trust to make criminals stop?
Not corrupt politicians or crooked cops!
With so many people who intend to deceive,
how can we ever know what to believe?
My suggestion of the place to start:
Make sure you, yourself, are pure in heart!
Do an honest day’s work, treat others fairly,
and set an example of honor and integrity.
Don’t value leaders above ethical beliefs…
Charismatic leaders may be liars and thieves.
Don’t believe everything you read or hear!
Consider all opinions until the issues are clear.
Avoid anything that seems too good to be true.
“Trust, but verify!” is a motto to pursue.
Crooks are vastly outnumbered by honest folks.
Believe in yourself, and don’t give up hope!
Copyright © 2021 by Cheryl Batavia