Posted on: July 2, 2016 Posted by: Felicia S. C. Gooden Comments: 0

2191203706_3a2568558cWhat is the value of truth in the 21st century? Major companies are now pushing the initiative to be more honest and authentic with customers. The masses are demanding more transparency from governments and their potential leaders. Uncomfortable truths are now proving to be beneficial in the interview process for job seekers. One could suppose that honesty is the new policy, but for whom? Honestly, corruption still runs rampant and cannot be denied in any sector of life. Dishonesty is still a common practice for people in power who seek honesty from their subordinates. At times a paradox manifests where honesty can gain someone employment, but after 90 days, that person’s morals and ethics are challenged to cater to the side of corruption. Why is this so? Where will this new development take us in the future?
The beauty of my extended isolation period was that I had an opportunity to explore who I am and who I want to be. I had time to develop my own worldview and personal code of ethics. When the time came to apply these new findings to the reality of the real world, the universe lead me to one of the most challenging places to apply one’s own integrity and maintain it – New York. From NYC to small towns upstate, the challenge is the same: one small ideal meets a large wall of dishonesty and corruption. I gambled with my truth in a quest to experiment with the results of developing and maintaining integrity. In the end, I hit. With an honest resume and a truth filled interview, I gained employment. But working in high profile corporate America doesn’t allow ethics, morals, and integrity to remain strong for long. In due time I was faced with the challenge to compromise the person I had grown to become in order to fit a mold of nefarious being.
Speaking out was met with vitriol. Performing well was met with condescension and lack of appreciation. Sticking to truth and honesty — holding others accountable — was met with a figurative box of silence and blind acceptance that I was expected to fit into. Conversations were spun or taken out of context to my detriment. Everything of truth was transformed into untruth for the sake of those in power seeking to maintain their absolute being via absolute corruption. But this is not the only experience of dishonesty.
integrityThe overall job search manifested dishonesty I had yet to encounter. Potential employers don’t just inform the candidate of not moving forward or communicate the general understanding that lack of communication means they moved on. Now potential employers flat out lie and take time to write out misleading communication, creating false hope in candidates and creating a culture of distrust between companies and those seeking employment. Hiring managers now commit to communication, sometimes with dates and times. They commit to following up. They send drawn out emails of promising plans being made, only to never fulfill their obligations.
I had a few conversations about this with friends, and one insisted that there is no difference between corporate¬†dishonesty and that of a friend who never calls back. I disagree because people tend to have that flaky friend who doesn’t call back over a minor phone call based on small talk. That experience is far different from a business related commitment and expectation that is set and never fulfilled. Another friend, more well versed with the ethics and morals of corporate America, informed me that the dishonesty is a common practice within companies, as said company leaders believe that such unethical behavior is more cost effective than giving an honest, “no.” One could suppose that this is plausible to avoid any lawsuits from candidates who may feel discriminated against, but flat out dishonesty does not make the situation any better, and the employer can still be held accountable for dishonest business practices.
The socio-political climate of today reflects the discontent of the people who are seeking change from their leaders, be they corporate or government. The people are seeking opportunities to create the lives they desire. In America, they are seeking the restoration of one’s 14th amendment right to life, liberty, and property — the pursuit of happiness. However, the people are met with a mass power grab, and what can be perceived as a political panic. From a macro-perspective, the Brexit event proved the frustration of people all over the world to be true, and now governments are taking a moment to step back and look at the change in the political and economic landscape. The people are fighting back, and stepping on the people is not a tactic that will prove to be beneficial in the future. As for corporations, they should also take note that people are now taking their power back, and it’s time to change how business is done. Corporations are changing their philosophies entirely in order to keep up with the new demands of customers and employees alike. Unfortunately, they are also finding ways to maintain their corruption and be deceptive as much as possible with the illusion of evolution that does not necessarily go beyond rhetoric.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and it will be a very long time before we see a total overhaul of how business and government is carried out with a greater emphasis on morals and ethics. But the good news is, the ball is beginning to roll in the right direction worldwide.

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