“Stand up for what is right regardless of who is committing the wrong.” -Suzy Kassam
A dear friend sent me that quote today and it was a much appreciated reminder of the fact that being a person of integrity means you have to be willing to stand by your convictions at all times, and against all people, even when it means standing up against people you’ve cared for. Because maintaining your integrity isn’t something that can be done only 90% of the time, it requires being done 100% of the time.
Without question, standing up for what is right is much easier to do when you are standing up against people that you know to be pure evil. Standing up for what is right can feel much more difficult when it means you have to stand up against people who are decent people but who’ve chosen to do bad things.
When good people start doing bad things it is a slippery slope. It starts by doing something that takes one small step toward doing a harmful act. Then if the harmful act isn’t quickly rectified by that person they will convince themselves that their act was no big deal, which then makes it easier to commit the next slightly bigger act, and again if they don’t fix it quickly they start to convince themselves it wasn’t so bad…and little by little they find themselves committing far more serious illegal and/or immoral acts that lead to very serious consequences.
The last two days I shared blogs about the importance of accountability. One blog was about how accountability builds credibility, and the other discussed the fact that without accountability there is no progression. The reason accountability is so important to talk about is holding people accountable that it is the very thing that helps stop decent people who have allowed themselves to start down that path which quickly turns into a slippery slope of doing bad things that are getting worse and worse until someone is willing to hold them accountable.
Integrity requires that we stand up for what is right all of the time. And its really nice to have friends who’ll remind us to have the courage to always do that…especially those times it isn’t easy.
~Amy Rees Anderson