You’ve heard it all before. That phrase so haphazardly flung about.
Stand by your values. But, really, what does it mean? A value is a rule we, personally, view as the decision between right and wrong, good and bad, should and shouldn’t. It is the inherent thought that we base many, if not all, of our personal actions and decisions on.
Stand by your values. Don’t break the ethics code.
What is an ethics code? It’s simple, really. It’s a series of moral values, often imposed in the workplace. This is something that society as a whole is expected to follow.
The question is, can we follow both? Is it possible to uphold both our ethics and our values? Some people don’t think so. Worse, some people tend to consider both of these things a luxury. They claim that their values don’t connect with others; that they conflict with the values of others. They use these words, those statements, as a reason to fling insults, fists, and slurs around like they mean nothing.
This is not what it means to stand by your values. The ethics code is not something that can be twisted and touted around, simply to cast you in better favor. At least, it shouldn’t be. In today’s society, values are an ever-broadening thing. Good and bad have grown muddled, and conflict continues to darken views.
It’s a cycle that will be hard pressed to be broken, in this age of entitlement.
So what can be done about it?
Start by reviewing your own values, and how well you keep to your ethics code. Do you find yourself breaking it to farther fit in with those around you? Do you let your thoughts be influenced by the snide comments that your friends tend to fling around?
That’s human nature. Unless one is actively trying to withhold these codes, it’s a difficult thing. So take five minutes – ten minutes – and sit down somewhere quiet and peaceful. Breathe in deep and think about these luxuries that you have been so freely given, and which you have so often allowed being bent, if not broken completely.
Ask yourself, how can I be better? How can I strengthen my values and better stick to my own personal set of ethics?
The answer is unique to you. Once you have found it, hold onto it. To lose them so quickly would be of some disappointment to your unique purpose.
Yes, I mean you, Agent of Destiny.