Integrity is very important to me. I’d rather fail a test honorably than cheat and do well. I don’t see the point in doing things dishonestly. Life’s too short to be ingenuine and take the lazy way out of everything.
I try to respect others the best I can. I try to be empathetic and listen with an open mind. Taking other people’s perspectives into account is very important and allows us to become better more rounded people. I don’t like to belittle people or make them feel as if their situations are less important than mine.
I don’t see the point in being honest about every single little thing; in the sense that I don’t think it’s always necessary to say what you are thinking. For instance, if you think your classmate’s outfit is ugly, there’s no reason to tell them and ruin their day. I think people’s feelings are very important and I try to avoid hurting people as much as possible. This is a very slippery slope, however. Sometimes people need to hear the truth even if it hurts their feelings. I usually have trouble figuring out if it’s necessary to tell people things, especially when they ask for my opinion.
One big ethical thing in my life that people don’t usually agree with is that I think it is unethical to consume animal products. I value the lives of animals as well as humans. I don’t necessarily value the lives of cows, pigs, and chickens over a human life, but I don’t see the point in saying one animal is more valuable than another. For example, I don’t see why people kill pigs but not dogs or cats for food. I don’t think it’s ethical for humans to treat animals badly then kill them for food or to take a cow’s milk for their calf and have it with our cereal. I think that if humans as a species have the option to chose what they eat, then why chose meat? Liking meat isn’t a good enough reason to put animals in harms way.