Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hello, Integrity still out there?!

This is something that I try to live by day-by-day, but also thought about the past couple of weeks. I think it's just because of all the things happening around me, around us, in the world. And I was wondering if INTEGRITY is still out there ... I see people going about their everyday life, fitting INTEGRITY in where they decide it should be. Be it at work, home, relationships, religion, sport, wherever. But shouldn't it be part of our entire life, everyday? What is INTEGRITY? It is incorruptibility, soundness, and quality of state of being complete or undivided. It has to do with perceived
consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcome. Some people see integrity as the quality of having a sense of honesty and truthfulness in regard to motivations for one's actions. Some people use the term hypocrisy in contrast to INTEGRITY for asserting that one part of a value system that demonstrably conflicts with another... Being a Christian I love the description from R.B. Thieme, Jr.:
wholeness of character, consistency of word and deed, uncompromising adherence to a code of values. Christian integrity comes from living by the Word of God.
I know this is a lot of definitions; but I'm a stickler for research :-) But having read all this I just once again realized that INTEGRITY has to do with the consistency of what we do with who we claim to be. It should filter through and be our entire way of life; at home, work, play, sport, religion, relationships, how we shop, how we talk, conflict management, etc. Then why don't we steal a DVD, but we don't have a problem to make an illegal copy? We are law abiding citizens, but we don't stick to the speed limit. We believe that we should not tell lies, but we don't have a problem telling a quick little white lie to our children or friends. We don’t talk on our cell phone while driving, but texting and driving is okay … Do you really have integrity when you only allow it in certain places in your life? While reading about INTEGRITY I came across these quotes from people that we consider our heroes or mentors
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none - William Shakespeare
Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught - J.C. Watts
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value - Albert Einstein
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking - Henry Ford
Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world - Goerge Bernard Shaw
I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill - Mahatma Gandhi
It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways - Buddha
The time is always right to do what is right - Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare - Mark Twain

(Photograph at top of post by Werner Diedericks)


Pies Descalzos said...

I agree with you. All this behavior for society just to fit in but being someone else in private, makes me concern about the future generation.
Society today makes us play a roll of what they expect us to be. Integrity for me is to fight expectations with principles and values

Liesie said...

Pies Descalzos

Thank you for your comment! I love your personal definition of integrity - "to fight expectations with principles and values."

I believe values are undefeatable truths that drive and direct our behavior. And if that's not happening in your everyday life then you have to re-evaluate those truths ...

Take care

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