One of my favorite quotes from a left-hander.
"You must be the change you want to see in the world." --Gandhi
What's that got to do with fairness and integrity? Probably nothing except that I think that integrity and justice, too, for that matter, are somehow related to fairness.
This is a true story. When my older son was barely twenty-four hours old, I looked directly into his blue eyes and told him, "Life isn't fair." I went on to tell him that I was telling him this now because I wanted to prepare him for the times when he would have issues with fairness. I further said that this wouldn't be the last time he'd hear it from me. When my younger son was born, I did the exact same thing.
Even knowing this, and reminding my kids (often) of this fact, there are times when I have those same issues, and although I know life isn't fair, it still sucks that others seem to get away with being unfair. The same thing is true about integrity. There is something patently indecent about not treating others with integrity. If something is right, there is integrity. If something is wrong, then it should be corrected and again, there is integrity. But to know something is wrong and to cover it up, then there is neither fairness nor integrity. It is not unlike the person who goes down the wrong road. To fix it, the person has to turn around, go back, and choose the correct path. To continue on the wrong road doesn't get the person to where they need to be. It simply doesn't work and there is certainly no integrity in choosing to continue on the wrong road. Integrity is making the hard choice to correct the injustice and making the situation right (and by inference, fair).
I know I am rambling here, but sometimes I see too much and I just have to vent even though I know, ultimately, life isn't fair. In the end, I know that I can only be responsible for my own actions, and live, hopefully, with integrity.
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