I have, not even a month after the Swedish election, where I’ve been elected substitute to the city council, noticed that integrity will be so important in order to survive.
Integrity is complex. To be able to keep it, knowledge is essential to say the least. And trust is your biggest enemy. But integrity is not pure evil only. It is just as liberating to know you are you are acting based on your personal principles and moral, rather then external pressure.
Based on this I have decided to limit (Just for the record, I’m not saying I’ll totally exclude it. Things like this are usually easily “misinterpreted”.) my personal and professional involvement in local activities. It is always good to truly know why you are doing things.