It’s Time to Walk Our Talk

β€œIt’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.” – Sir Francis Bacon

As Integrity Week draws to a close, I think it’s important to talk about how we can continue talking about and thinking about integrity for the rest of the year, and really, for the rest of our lives. The beauty of having integrity is that it doesn’t belong to any political party, religious affiliation, race or creed. Every single person on the planet can make the conscious choice to live a life of integrity. At NSCS we want every single one of our members to make that choice, and to help others make the same choices.

We can all learn from the recipients of our Integrity Scholarship and the Inspire Integrity Awards. These students and professors, embody integrity. Steve is right when he says he doesn’t see a difference in academic integrity or personal integrity. It’s all the same. You are or you aren’t, and these people certainly are.

Now, when we signed the Integrity banner (and we all signed it, right?), we made a public commitment to uphold these ideals; but there is nobody watching over our shoulders to make sure we stand up for them. That’s where the real integrity will come from. Doing what is right, even if no one is watching. So, our charge is now to live what we profess. To walk our talk, so to speak.

In the end, doing the right thing may not be the easiest path to take, but it is the most rewarding.

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