The level of hypocrisy and deception in our world today baffles me. People do things they wouldn't do on a normal day just to be accepted by others. Some fail to tell the truth or face obvious facts because they don't want to be seen as old fashioned. Sometimes you do things that you know isn't right just to get what you want from someone. It's sad that ass-kissing is the order of the day.
You know what happens? You probably get what you want but then, you've succeeded in throwing away your opinion. While trying to fit into the crowd, people tend to forget who they really are. You may not know, but if you continue taking what everyone throws at you, you gradually lose your respect. This happens everywhere; in the home, schools, offices and even religious gatherings. People that are meant to be 'role models' fail to say the truth or sometimes sugar-coat the truth to the taste of the listeners. They are sometimes majorly after the acceptance rather than touching lives.
It could be hard to stick to your guns especially, when it seems that the whole world is against your beliefs/values. If you are sure it's the right thing, stick to it. The thing is each person is unique in his or her own way. So, it's okay for someone to have a different opinion from yours. You should mean what you say and say what you mean. That is integrity!. Most times, it's not that people don't know what to do. It's just that they close their eyes to it and go the other way. If you know something is wrong, desist from doing it. Don't start what you can't finish. On the other hand, if you believe in something, stand for it. Who knows...you may change someone's opinion or even life by standing for what is right.
Embrace your uniqueness.