well, before i actually start, i'd just like to note that this is my 2nd blog in 2 days, so yay for me. :D and f.y.i. - if anyone knows of anyone hiring people, i'm in desperate need of a job, so let me know!
anyway... here we go...
this random train of thought stemmed from two things. the first was a job application i filled out for Costco. it's one of those weird ones with the personality/work ethic type quizzes at the end of it. one of the questions was "If you found a $50 bill in the parking lot as you were leaving would you..." with responses like "keep it" "turn it in to your manager" "turn it in to lost and found" etc... so keep that in mind, i'll come back to it.
the second item was a plaque that hangs in even classroom on the CU campus. It contains the Honor Code, which states, "On my honor, and a University of Colorado at Boulder student, I have neither given, nor received unauthorized assistance" (I didn't even have to look that up :D ).
I was kinda staring blankly at the plaque, waiting for class to start, when randomly I thought of that question from the application. And I thought to myself, "I'd probably just pocket it. That'd be awesome if I found $50." But then I started to think, what if I had lost that $50, I'd be screwed! $50 is kinda a big deal when you don't make a lot of money. In that case, I'd hope someone would turn it in.
Still following me? It's about to jump around a bit. This is how my head works. Then I started to think about the honor code and I thought, "Man, they should have you swear on something more than your honor, no one has any these days." Which is so true. Honor, in this sense, basically means doing the right thing, no matter how small the consequences for the wrong thing are. Even if there are no consequences, even if no one would ever know that you pocketed that $50 bill, even if no one ever caught you cheating on a quiz, even if you would get a way totally clean, you would do the right thing because it's right.
I wish I was like that. I wish that I wasn't the kind of person who would pocket $50 from a parking lot. I wish I had the kind of honor that people admire and appreciate. Maybe I should work on that...