Can you be bought,
Character and integrity sold?
How much was it worth to you,
Can it be measured in filthy lucre…gold?
We make many TRADE-OFFS,
As, through life we go;
We buy and sell every day,
Character and integrity…dealt a lethal blow.
Did we buy our friendships,
And, how much were they worth?
From the day of our birth.
For a bit of security,
In an uncertain world…today,
We’ve compromised or looked the other way,
Just how much did we pay?
What we sold…for a pittance,
Can it ever be regained?
Or are we doomed forever,
Because of this little game we’ve played?
Or do we call it…compromise?
You scratch my back…I’ll scratch your’s,
Character and integrity…we’ll tranquilize.
We become hardened,
To all that is right;
“Well, everybody does it.”,
From these thoughts…take flight.
Do we really want to go through life,
To be like all the others,
And, to their mind-set…yield?
What’s the price…what will you take?
How badly do you want “it”,
Is it worth your character and integrity…to forsake?
These are lasting decisions,
Once we’ve plotted our course;
Sometimes these decisions cannot be undone,
And, we live with remorse.
So, be careful…every day,
In the decisions that you make,
And, your true self…forsake!
June 26, 2003
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