Integrity is and will always be a how a person is remembered. In my opinion, integrity is the single most important personal or character trait anyone can have. Being able to do the right thing or having the willingness to do the right things when no one is looking is a big part of this. Having integrity involves having accountability, responsibility, and honesty in each and every situation that you are faced with. Being in the United States Air Force, I am very familiar with the word Integrity. The meaning of integrity has been engraved in my mind and heart for 14 years, ever since basic military training in San Antonio, Texas on June 14 2000. Integrity boils down to having honesty, accountability, and responsibility. Having honesty in every situation ensures what you do and say matches. Exhibiting the trait of accountability ensures other around you steal, cheat, or lie. Being responsible enables other around you to trust and believe that you have their very interest at heart, and that you will not be selfish to not only take care of yourself but others as well.
In the show of Malcolm in the Middle, episode “Water Parks” show examples of integrity, I didn’t agree with. The first of which happened when Hal and Lois decided to get a babysitter for Dewey. As the parents called each and every babysitter they could find, it seemed as if the parents didn’t do any homework or research to check the credentials for each person. As a parent I believe that you are having a responsibility to look out and protect every person in your family. Hal and Lois fell way short in their parental duties. In the show of Malcolm in the Middle, episode “Water Parks” show examples of integrity, I didn’t agree with. The first of which happened when Hal and Lois decided to get a babysitter for Dewey. As the parents called each and every babysitter they could find, it seemed as if the parents didn’t do any homework or research to check the credentials for each person. As a parent I believe that you are having a responsibility to look out and protect every person in your family. Hal and Lois fell way short in their parental duties.
The next poor decision that Hal seemed to make that fell short of in terms of having integrity was smuggling a pint of rum in the water park. There are rules in place for a reason. You are not ensuring the safety of yourself, but ensuring the safety of everyone in the water park as well. While drinking is not illegal, it severely impacts your hand and eye coordination and your sense of awareness and could lead to public intoxication. If the water park wanted patrons to have alcohol, they will serve it. Although, sneaking a pint of rum into the water park seems so minor, it is very hard to do the right thing. As parents, I would not have been okay with the Lois and Hals’s decision to ignore their sons and concentrate on each other in the water park. I truly understand finding the correct balance in your marriage and within your family. Although you may know and trust your kids, I don’t know if I would in Hal’s and Lois’s case, you truly don’t know the true intentions of others. The world is much more dangerous than it was 10 years ago. Furthermore, in my opinion I don’t feel children that age are truly responsible enough to make wise decisions in regards in water safety and in regards to dealing with strangers.
Sometimes acting in integrity is a very hard line to walk. We saw that Francis and Spangler played many games of pool against each other, with Francis losing the games at the very end. Later on in the episode we see that Spangler believes that Francis is losing to him on purpose. Now Francis and Spangler lose to each on purpose. This walked a fine line have integrity. I believed that Francis did the right thing by losing, he ultimately saved his friends and himself from completing extra duties. While having integrity is something that everyone would love to be remember by, very few people really walk in it. Again, being responsible, honest and accountable are in my opinion the only to truly achieve this goal.
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