Integrity is not just about honesty, authenticity and responsibility. The backbone of integrity is internal consistency - people with integrity are expected to have congruent beliefs and actions, and they are able to align their judgement and behaviour with their own values. One of the lessons I learnt from my college life at CUHK is choosing to be a righteous person. Such person should be precluded from applying different sets of standards to the circumstances that are the same. Considering that "respect" is among my core values, I would not condone labelling the protesters as "cockroach". Likewise, I see it inappropriate to call the police "mongrel". Respect should be unconditional of race, creed, gender, culture, ability, and colour of shirts. I practise respect across all populations based on my principles, not according to self-interest. Along the same lines, I definitely disapprove of the people, who always demonise others' views, claiming themselves as the advocates for liberty.
Despite my aspiration to refresh the youth about some treasurable norms, I have indeed reciprocated a lot from them over the past three months. At skill level, they have perfectly demonstrated the power of fast action learner, high media literacy, collaborative problem solving and multilingualism (Jacky C Fung, Researcher, Hong Kong Policy Research Institute). I also feel ashamed of myself for not having the courage and perseverance as theirs.
To loosen the present deadlock and further resolve our society's deep-seated problems, there are no silver bullets. But all of us have our stakes. Do believe that everyone bears fruit for Hong Kong. I for one will commit to upholding integrity and showing zero tolerance towards the proliferation of hatred in our home!
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