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THINK STRATEGICALLY: Serving in Gov’t Is all About Character

By on August 19, 2022

Integrity, Character, and Strong Values

As we begin our discussion, we must review what a moral compass is.

A moral compass is the set of values taught since childhood that allows an individual to make prudent decisions that impact our lives, actions and the very definition of us as a person. Since I was a little boy, my mom taught us how each person should judge what is right or wrong, which is the very essence of a moral compass.

Since Puerto Rico began electing its own governor in 1948, we have had a newspaper publisher, bohemians, lawyers, engineers and career politicians in office. These men and women were elected to serve all Puerto Ricans, except for one. As we analyze the recent arrest and accusations of former unelected Gov. Wanda Vázquez and several alleged co-conspirators, including two who pleaded guilty, we note how frail her moral compass was as she sought to stay in power.

In Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince,” there is a brief discussion about the importance of love and friendship. Simultaneously, the fox asks that the prince domesticate him; the prince explains what friendship entails as well as missing someone and needing a person.

The confused fox is told, “What is essential is invisible to our eyes,” describing friendship’s true feelings. To no small degree, the governor’s power, words and influence may be invisible
to our eyes; however, the effects of both comments or impacts, whether right or wrong, can bring Puerto Rico to its knees.

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