Sep 26, 2014

Why Dignity Is My Priority

People often say that everyone should have dignity. But what is dignity? Unfortunately, nowadays many of us have no notion of this word. I think that dignity is one the main qualities of a human soul. It teaches people to respect the others, breed positivity and be grateful for everything they have.

Dignity is everything for me because I’m a free person. It influences my behavior, mindset and the way I feel. I have my own point of view, and no one can make me betray my values. Every time I read classical literature, I understand that earlier dignity was of great importance in the life of every person. In those days, people could challenge the offender to a duel if their dignity was humbled. Today, people can easily lose sight of their dignity and smile as if nothing has happened.

I’ve made a promise to myself never to sacrifice my dignity because it’s the main priority of my life. I’m sure that my good breeding helps me to face all life difficulties with dignity. My parents always taught me to achieve everything with pride and never let other people humiliate me. It usually takes years to gain dignity, but one careless word or action can burn this valuable quality down. I want to live in a civilized society, based on mutual understanding and respect. Here are a few important reasons why dignity is my top priority.

I’m Not Used to Swallow My Pride

Today, modern people are looking for quick ways of enrichment. These, often illegal and non-traditional, ways require us to forget about dignity and follow certain rules.

I’ve noticed that such quality as dignity has become irrelevant in the society of low morality. Fancy youth finds it cool to break old rules, create new tendencies and values. I’m quite young, but I have a bit old-fashioned values, views, and qualities. I’m not used to swallowing my pride all the time. I think that this, at first sight, the small concession can seriously insult my dignity.

When I have disputable situations with somebody, I always try to come to a mutual compromise. I cannot stand when someone wipes their feet on me and mock all the time. Those people who take it for granted are weak and diffident, or they might have become the prisoners of the situation.

I know that life is an unpredictable thing, and it can make us forget about our principles, but we should always look for a suitable moment to gain dignity back. When I graduated the university, at first, I found it difficult to work in a team environment. I couldn’t get on with crafty colleagues and bosses due to the nature of my character and a strong sense of dignity.

Now, I work with an excellent team of people who don’t make me swallow my pride because the relationship inside the team is built on respect and we are united by a common aim. I advise you to keep your dignity and be true to yourself, no matter how hard the situation may be. I believe that it’s better to lose a job than dignity.

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I Don’t Make Empty Promises

All kinds of relationships should be based on trust. It’s impossible to build trust if someone makes empty promises. The idea of pulling wool over the partner’s eyes can give only a short-term effect because sooner or later the deception will be exposed. Moreover, those who lie all the time gain the reputation of pathological liars. Consequently, it will cost them many efforts to prove the truth, because people become allergic to every word said by liars.

I always hold people who tell the truth in high respect. I believe that lies humble both the dignity of a liar and the pride of the deceived person. It means that liars have no respect for the ones they’re talking with. My upbringing doesn’t let me tell lies.

Have you ever heard about white lies? After a considerable reflection on this point, I’ve come to a conclusion that white lies are not the best way out. Surely, some day it can save the situation, but a bit later, you’ll feel the desire to lie once again. As a result, it will turn into a harmful habit. All people who cannot live without lies should realize that by lying to others, they delude themselves.

I’ve decided to take the responsibility for my words and promises because my word is my bond. If I’m not sure, I prefer not to give false hopes.

I Don’t Insult the Dignity of Others

Today, many people tend to follow the principle, ‘Dominate, rule and humble.’ Social and financial superiority make them forget about some important qualities such as humanity, generosity, and kindness. People don’t understand that their acts of humiliation can injure their dignity as well. Strong personalities are not those who put weak ones down, but those who give them a helping hand. I feel no need and contentment to insult somebody’s dignity because it’s not my pair of shoes to basely treat others.

I respect myself and others, and I believe all people are equal. If I have some kind of antipathy toward somebody, I prefer to remain neutral or indifferent. It’s the best way to avoid quarrels and save the face.

My choice is to live in peace and friendship with people around me. I prefer to enjoy life and help my dearest and nearest to be positive as well. It boosts my dignity and confidence.

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In conclusion, I want to mention that dignity is the most precious thing in this world. It’s so hard to gain it and so easy to lose it. We can compare it with health because none of them can be bought. Life is full of situations when you should keep a stiff upper lip to stand up for your dignity. Furthermore, you should develop the power of will if you don’t want others to make you swallow your pride. What does dignity mean to you? What other life priorities do you have?

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