“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” This quote, as stated, by Oprah Winfrey sums up what integrity is supposed to mean. It is supposed to be a core value in which all people hold near and dear to their heart. However, it seems that as generations of people pass, this world is losing more and more of this simple value.
There was a time when we were in Elementary School and it was pushed upon us to follow numerous character traits. Some were easier than others such as Respect and Responsibility, but there were the more difficult ones like Self-Discipline. Integrity was another one of those virtuous character traits and in all honesty is not a difficult one to follow. According to Webster’s Dictionary, integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Seems pretty simplistic and straightforward, right? Wrong! More times than not, as we grow our integrity shrinks. It’s a disturbing trend in not only the American society, but society as a world-wide whole.
There are many ways in which one’s integrity can shrink. Such common ways include cheating, lying, and stealing. I would bet money that every person on the planet has done at least of the three aforementioned ways to lose integrity. Our society has been built around this mind frame of survival of the fittest and taking any means necessary to succeed or accomplish a goal. Due to this being engraved in the minds of our society it creates a world of people with little to no interest in following the trait of integrity.
By: Andrew Baker (3/11/13)