The notary who drops stitches
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For some important steps in life, we need a notary. For a marriage contract, to buy or sell a house, or for an inheritance.
In the latter case, things regularly go wrong. Divorce cases sometimes drag on for years, sometimes because the family cannot stop arguing, but sometimes also because the notary allows things to muddle along, with disastrous consequences for family relationships. Panorama went in search of the sense and nonsense of the notarial profession.
THE CONCEPT OF HONESTY
Occasionally, a sharper question comes up. Vandevelde can still see himself standing there, as a speaker at a seminar a few years ago, when someone in the audience stood up and raised his hand. “All well and good,” it sounded, “but does it really pay to be honest?” To answer that question, too, he turns to the word he loves to use: trust. “I answered that it pays to be honest, because a good reputation is an asset in business. And the easiest way to appear trustworthy is to be trustworthy.”
To which the man rephrased his question. “Does it pay to be honest, if your dishonesty is not caught anyway?” “Before I could answer that, I had to swallow three times and think hard,” Vandevelde laughs. “If you can cheat without being caught, of course you are successful. But success is not necessarily an expression of ethical qualities. There are other reasons not to take that risk. People who have a little power are quick to think that they have so much power that their dishonesty will not be caught. That is dangerous. It is also wrong, because there are always people who know about the fraud. Think of an accountant, a secretary or a partner who becomes an ex. So if you keep your feet on the ground a bit, you know you are not immune.”
The source of these two paragraphs: Trends – 5 October 2017 Page 44
Professor Antoon Vandevelde is an economist and philosopher.
He gave a summer lecture in Pavillon du Zoute, Knokke Belgium, Thursday 23 August 2018
He has written a book: The violence of money: in search of the soul of the economy.
This concept of fairness applies to various issues in the website.
1 Het geweld van geld | filosoof Antoon Vandevelde
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2 How the rich get richer – money in the world economy | DW Documentary
5 jul. 2017
knowing and understanding yourself very well:
He is self-aware enough to realize that he needs help.
Advocates need to be self-aware enough to know when they are not helping a situation.
Cambridge English Dictionary
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