don’t sacrifice truth

[Here is another excerpt from Lois Mitchell’s address at our Convocation this past weekend]:

The challenges are real; the stakes are high; reality is complicated; people are motivated by righteous indignation in the face of injustice. But our aim should never be to win at all costs when that means sacrificing what we know to be true (even though our knowledge of what is true is always incomplete) for the sake of what we believe to be right. In other words, a right or just outcome does not justify tampering with the portions of truth that we do have; as tempting as it is, we shouldn’t tamper with the evidence!

  • Lois Mitchell, Professor Emerita of International Studies at SSU (You can read her whole Convocation Address here.)

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