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The Cost of Being Honest in A Corrupt Society

Being honest in a corrupt society can be a challenging and costly mission. From my personal experience, speaking the truth can often lead to backlash and ostracism from those who are content with the status quo.

I remember an incident from my past experience when I was involved in a community project under a leader who abused his power for his own personal gain. It was a community project that was supposed to help the less fortunate, but the leader used it as an opportunity to build his own dynasty. Despite my discomfort with the situation, I felt pressure to stay silent and go along with the actions of my colleagues. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that our actions were wrong.

Eventually, I decided to speak up and bring the issue to the attention of the authorities. The reaction was swift and severe. I was met with hostility and disbelief and even accused of disloyalty. My relationships with my colleagues were damaged. I was left feeling isolated and alone, but with a sense of satisfaction that I did the right thing and helped to bring justice.

Baca juga: Makna Integritas di Selembar Kertas

I’ve learned to be more vigilant and aware of my surroundings to avoid being put in similar situations. Before involving in a project, I try to research and thoroughly understand the projects. I also surround myself with people who share the same values of integrity and honesty. However, we can’t always choose whom we should collaborate with. Oftentimes, it is already plotted and we can’t even avoid it. Therefore, it is important to develop a robust support system of people with who we can confide and seek guidance when facing difficult decisions.

While it may be difficult and costly, I believe being open and truthful is always the best route. Standing up for what is right can be challenging, particularly when confronted with corruption and adversity. It isn’t easy, but standing up for your beliefs is worthwhile, even if the consequences are severe.
Thus, honesty in a corrupt society may come at a high cost, but it is worth paying to do what is right and maintain one’s integrity.

We are all, every one of us who complains about a corrupt society, capable of contributing to that. – Times, Sunday Times

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