"Living with integrity means: * Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. * Asking for what you want and need from others. * Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. * Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. * Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe." ~Barbara De Angelia
"If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to try to prevent it and damn the consequences." ~Lord MilnerI've tried my whole life to live with integrity. Although I'm not perfect and slip like we all do, I have a constant goal to stand up for those being taken advantage of or treated unfairly; those not given the opportunities they deserve; those who need a friend or just someone to believe in and fight for them.
I believe that if we all spoke up or stepped in when we see or hear someone doing something we know is wrong, there would be less abuse and more accountability in the world. It seems that more people are concerned with their own careers and social standing than they are with their own moral obligations as a human being.
How some people can can look away when they see someone is being abused; instead of stopping it and protecting vulnerable adults and especially children, is beyond my comprehensions. How do those who don't speak up, doing nothing, look at themselves in the mirror or go home to their own children and families? That is the hardest thing for me to understand.
I've been told that I care too much and that it's the mothering nature in me that brings me to help those I see hurting. However, I feel that although none of us can control other people's actions; we should all care enough to speak up. To stop situations we know are wrong, anyway that we can, making people accountable for their actions.
I know in my own abusive experiences that once someone was confronted, they were forced to be at least some what accountable. Excuses for bad behavior seldom go on if others outside of the situation speak up and tell them they are abusive. It's amazing how so many who believe they have a right to treat someone badly, can suddenly 'stop' when a peer speaks up to them. But not when the person they are abusing tries to defend themselves. Somehow it's always their fault according to the abuser.
An abuser has no integrity. However the knowledge someone else has, can stop the abuse if they have the integrity to do what is right; even if it effects them negatively or has consequences either personally or professionally. I have no respect for those who have the knowledge to change or stop a bad situations; but do nothing.
I haven't always had the knowledge in situations, where I wish I had. However I can think of many times where someone has had the knowledge, but not the integrity, to use that knowledge to help others. If more people lived with Integrity and didn't look the other way, the world would be a much better place.
"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." ~Samuel Johnson (Rasselas, ch. 41)