If police should wear body cameras why shouldn’t everyone wear one? Believe me, I am all about privacy. Every chance I can, I go to a remote cabin in Canada to get away from all the electronics. However, what would happen if I wore a body camera? I am a fairly reasonable human being, but I started thinking what my life would be like if I had a camera strapped to my chest. I find the idea that I would behave differently just because of a camera to be simply fascinating. Do you want to know what real integrity is? Try visualizing a GoPro strapped to your chest for a week.
As wrong or ridiculous as the idea may be… it would change everything. I could no longer swear at a guy cutting me off in traffic. It would be difficult, if not impossible, for me to lose my temper. I could not go over the speed limit. I could not double dip, even if no one was looking. I could not talk poorly about someone who wasn’t in the room. I could not gossip. I could not placate one person who said something I disagreed with and then agree with someone else with the opposite perspective. I could never claim a faulty recollection of a conversation to get out of trouble. If someone shared something with me in confidence, I would have to keep it confident… from everyone. I would have to tell the truth every time, not just most of the time.
Even though I am not a very bad guy, my life would change completely if I wore a body camera. That’s really shocking to me. I would have… integrity. I mean real integrity. Stunningly, I just realized I am $400 away from true integrity. I am sure there are some people that have 24/7 integrity, but it’s not a lot of people. What does this say about our effort to behave with integrity? What is the definition of integrity? Integrity is how you would act with a camera strapped to your chest. Why can’t I have near 100% integrity without a GoPro? It’s because it would take more effort and cause occasional tension. It that a good tradeoff? Some say it’s unrealistic to be truthful all the time. Is it really? I think it might be a choice. Do you think you have integrity? Try strapping on a GoPro for a week and find out if you change your behavior.