Society is deciding that integrity is a losing proposition.
When I was a child growing up in suburban New Jersey in the 1970s, I was taught by my father to treat others with respect and consideration. I didn’t always do a great job, but the lessons he taught be about being a decent human being have stayed with me. The wisdom of his advice becomes clearer and clearer to me the older I get, and the meaning and importance of treating others with dignity is highlighted in my own efforts to raise my children to be good people, in my personal relationships, and in my professional life. It’s about mutual respect, it often involves making hard choices, and it isn’t always successful.