The quote by Dostoevsky demonstrates that an individual must haveintegrity in order to handle leadership, as well as become successfulin public life. The quote begins by informing that when an individualis accustomed to telling lies so many times, it gets to a point whentruth and lies have no difference. “The one who lies to himself andbelieves his own lies comes to a point where he can distinguish notruth either within himself or around him.” This means that lack ofintegrity has a personal as well as interpersonal impact of the liar.
It is not possible for a person that lacks integrity to succeed inleadership. A person that tells lies “enters into a state ofdisrespect towards himself and others.” People are highly unlikelyto perceive a disrespectful person as a leader hence, leadership isout of the question for people that lie. In addition, disrespecttowards others makes it impossible for one to relate with others.“Respecting no one, he loves no one, and to amuse and diverthimself in the absence of love.” The sentence implies that by notrelating with other people, there is no one to love or give love,which makes it impossible to succeed in life.
According to the quote, success in public life is the ability torelate well with others, and for such positive relationships tohappen, there ought to be integrity. People need each other, and itis through love that we are able to become successfully. However forthe person that lacks integrity, they merely pursue their “passionsand to vulgar delights and becomes a complete animal in his vices.”Lying transforms someone from a good to bad person, which in turnresults in lack of success.
According to MSU’s policy, both students and instructors are toact with integrity, which is a basic requirement within the learningcommunity. Ensuring academic integrity is a way of safeguarding thelegitimacy of university education. The university comprises a planof actions to follow once an instructor supposes that a student hasengaged in academic dishonesty. This begins by giving the student apenalty grade and then following a procedure involving an academichearing. Similar to MSU, every learning institution has their policyagainst academic dishonesty, which communicates to the students thatcheating is wrong.
Students do not just attend school to pass examinations, rather toensure they are people that can be trusted with the jobs they getupon graduation. When all students engage in academic dishonesty, thelegitimacy of their certificates becomes questionable. This in turnhurts society because once the now graduates become professionalsthey progress to act without integrity even in their professions.This is asserted by Pavela (2) who notes the existence of a positiveconnection amid academic dishonesty and cheating while in practice inthe medicine profession. This is just one illustration among manycases of fraud.
Unfortunately, many students think it is okay to cheat. They seecheating as an opportunity to make things better and easier for them.“The better grades you have, the better school you get into, thebetter you’re going to do in life” (Slobogin 1). From the quote,emphasis seems to be on the better and not on integrity. Because manystudents think that all that matters is passing examinations, theysee no need for morals. However, high academic integrity standardsnurture values important in contributing towards a society whereindividuals consistently rely on the knowhow and honesty of others(Pavela 1).
According to Bishop (1), academic dishonesty is not fair to studentsthat do not cheat. It reduces the value of a diploma, and underminesthe trust people have on students upon graduation. Constant cheatingmakes education “as merely the temporary acquisition of facts”(Bishop 2). This means that it does not matter how people geteducated even if it involves cheating. To avoid a society thatencourages cheating and one that will eventually render educationmeaningless, it is necessary to establish measures that are morestringent, of dealing with academic dishonesty. Measures that willensure students completely understand the impact of any form ofdishonesty.
There are notable changes in my attitude to education. I realizethat academic honesty is very important. It is not just a schoolpolicy that students must adhere to rather it shapes people that areable to continue demonstrating integrity even in life after school. Irealize that the behaviors that I pick up while in school willgreatly shape how I behave once I am out of school. This is becausecheating devalues the importance of working hard to excel inacademics, by creating a short cut students can use to passexaminations and get the needed certificates. Education becomesmerely a rite of passage to a different level in life, presumablyfrom student to employee.
However, my attitude has changed now, and knowing and understandingthe importance of academic honesty, my behavior in society alters aswell. I realize that I have to work hard while at school, by readingfor my examinations instead of engaging in dishonesty. Reading makesme accountable and nurtures morals that I will use in later stages oflife. For instance, once I begin working, there are people that willtrust and depend on my knowledge. Thus, I must ensure that theknowledge is honest, which will makes it easier to apply what I learnin school to real life situations.
My personal goals involve becoming a person that can make valuablecontribution in society. To want to use my education to assistorganizations grow and become more profitable, which benefits societyas a whole. I am currently a finance student, and upon completing myeducation, I want to work in a bank. Working in a bank offers thebest opportunity to make valuable contributions in society. This willbe through the monetary advice to customers, while at the same timeengaging in actions that result in the growth of the bank I workwith.
To achieve, both personal and professional goals, I ought to take adifferent approach to my academic, personal and professional conduct.I must demonstrate integrity in every aspect of my life, startingwith academic. This means studying hard to understand what I amtaught. I make a personal decision not to engage in any form ofacademic dishonesty all through my academic years. I must demonstratehard work and determination in what I do, and understand thateducation shapes my future success. Such changes now will affect myprofessional behavior, because when I begin to act morally now, Iwill nurture and advance the trait in every other aspect of my lifenow and in prospect.
Bishop, Michael. What’s wrong with cheating? (n.d), 1-3.
Pavela, Gary. Academic Dishonesty: the Social Implications,(n.d), 1-2.
Slobogin, Kathy. Survey: Many students say cheating’s OK. CNN.com,5 Apr. 2002.