Have you ever thought of how far you would go in honor of telling the truth? The origin of the word “testify” is based on the Ancient Roman practice of making men swear on their testicles when making a statement in court. Men literally held their testicles as a sign of honesty and candor as they bear witness in public congregation.

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This behavior of the ancient Romans is related to the Handicap Principle, which is a theory stating that the most effective way to acquire sustainable information about a person’s obligation in a relationship or alliance, is to impose a cost on them in order to evaluate their willingness to pull through. The originator of the Handicap Principle, biologist Amotz Zahavi, indicates that the most reliable way to determine how much a relationship is worth is to calculate its market value, as to how much someone is willing to render towards it. For example, a shift leader can express how he or she values your work, however the more indicative measure would be as to how much they’re willing to pay you for your work.

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