, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 43-44
Date: 15 Mar 2011

Integrity: compromise and confession

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Dear Editor,

I would like to make it clear that I do not speak as an authority or as a model of integrity. I would say, however, that I was raised by missionary parents who insisted on both verbal and actual integrity which resulted in severe discomfort (sometimes physical) when I violated those standards which I had been taught were appropriate and necessary. Let me borrow one of many definitions found in essays on the internet. A current author states that we are losing one of the most fundamental “human” characteristics—integrity. Webster defines integrity as “a steadfast adherence to a set of morals.” Defining those morals, according to the author would take a lifetime. So, simply put, integrity is the golden rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Yet are we doing so? Are we doing what is right when no one is looking? End of quote. I feel qualified to speak at least to the compromise and confession aspect because I have been guilty. I cheated on an exam once both