Seeking truth is hard. A wise mentor of mine once said, “Trust. But always verify.” This was perhaps one of my most valuable lessons in life. And I have found, throughout my life, that truth must lie at the core of our very existence to build a firm foundation of moral character.
If integrity is to exist, it needs truth. The whole truth. And nothing but the truth. There are reasons why “whole” and “nothing but” must be emphasized. We’ve all played telephone; we know how a message gets lost in various interpretation and impression. Everyone will experience a situation based on their own individual perception, which may contain influence, and in many cases, emotion. Self preservation sneaks in. And as more people come into play, judgment appears and manipulation occurs.
Questions will always exist until truth is sought. Morale will become impaired without it. Conclusions should never be made until truth is present. You will find that an amazing thing will happen when you always seek out the truth: people will stop lying to you. That’s why it’s important to ponder this: how we should treat one another, and everyone we know.
Suzanne Scales is the Executive Director of the Flagstaff campus of CollegeAmerica. Suzanne has been employed with CollegeAmerica since 2002. She started at the Denver campus as an instructor and has served in the roles of lead instructor, Associate Dean, Interim Dean of Education and Associate Director. She moved to Flagstaff in August 2008, and absolutely loves it there. She brings to the table 13 years of experience in education, and 8 years experience in the field of healthcare.