Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~Mark Twain
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. ~Samuel Johnson
Would that the simple maxim, that honesty is the best policy, might be laid to heart; that a sense of the true aim of life might elevate the tone of politics and trade till public and private honor become identical. ~Margaret Fuller
Lately I seem to find myself in the position of being the “conscience” in the group–uncomfortable to say the least, (especially for others), but dang it, I am going to be authentic and as ethical and honest as I can possibly be regardless of the culture in which I find myself. While it doesn’t make friends and influence people, it’s the right thing to do. Hence, my distaste for politics, where appearance and rhetoric are the important things, and honesty and authenticity are secondary at best. In a political world, how do people balance personal integrity with political effectiveness? Is it possible?