Using sick leave for anything other then because you are really sick is dishonest. Dishonesty is also known as lying. My friend and business associate, Annmaria, always says, "if you are going to go lie about one thing, you will probably lie about another." Following Ann's logic, we can predict that a person who lies about sick leave will probably lie about other aspects of his/her job as well. Will he/she lie about the hours at work? Will he/she lie about the reasons he/she was late or missed work?
Without realizing it, Ann came to the same conclusion about lying our Dakota ancestors came to - lying is evil and tends to spread. Our Dakota ancestors believed so firmly that lying was evil, they put a liar to death so the evil would not spread further. Furthermore, our ancestors knew that "lying" was not just confined to telling a fib to your friends. It had to do with the way you lived your life. A lie here, a lie there ... dishonesty in one situation leads to dishonesty in another. Pretty soon your whole life is nothing but one big lie.
A Dr Scott Peck wrote a book titled, People of the Lie: Hope for Healing Human Evil. Dr. Peck's belief and our ancestors' belief was basically the same. Lying is evil, and the person who tells lies needs to be dealt with in a firm manner to protect the rest of society. Like our ancestors, Dr. Peck realized lying was more than fibbing once in a while. He said everything you do, from your job to you relationships, to raising your children, requires honesty. If you were dishonest in one of these areas, the evil would spread throughout all the other areas of your life.
My point is, next time you lie about using sick leave, remember, it can be an indicator that something is seriously wrong with your honesty, and/or life.