6 November 2015 Artikel Pendidikan   |    Vania Cheryl Antono

Integrity. What exactly is integrity? We all know that that one, simple word carries an important, noble message to all humankind. Well, integrity is plainly doing the right thing and following our beliefs and morals even if everyone opposes you or no one was there to watch you.

When we are guided by integrity, our thoughts and words and actions are completely aligned with our principles. To have integrity requires complete honesty with oneself-for before we can be honest with others, we need to be honest with ourselves first-as well as courage to speak up for our own beliefs and morals. A life of integrity comes with challenges, of course, but it will grant you, untroubled sleep, no guilt eating you alive and no regret haunting you, as you know that you’ve stayed true and have done the right thing, all along.

Living in a world where ‘the end justifies the means’ has been a way of thinking to the minds of the people, we must strive to escape this mad circle of dishonesty, lies and deceit. For somewhere in the world, students are bound to lie and fib, all in the name of excusing themselves for not doing their assignments. Pupils cheat during exams because they find it an easy way out. This vicious circle keeps on going on and on. There will always seem to be a reason to justify everyone’s doing (be it good or bad), which is exactly the opposite of Integrity.

The journey of a life of integrity is hard. I’ll be honest with you. As a student, it is my duty and responsibility to follow such morals and I know how difficult it can be-standing up for your beliefs, when everyone else around you opposes, to stay true and honest, when no one is watching, or even to resist the temptations of cheating, lying and deceiving when faced with pressure (such as exams, tests and submitting homework).

No one’s perfect, but everyone knows integrity is important. The phrase ‘Success will come and go, but integrity is forever’ by Forbes contributors, surely proves so. It will take more than this bunch of words written on a sheet of paper to help everyone change their ways. But I have courage, determination, and integrity. If I can try to keep my integrity right and true, I truly believe that whoever is reading this right now, can do it too.