Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Integrity is a Choice

We don’t think too much about integrity these days. It’s assumed to be a learned and ingrained condition of adulthood; something that we acquire as we get older, rather than something at which we have to work or to weigh consciously with every thought.

Maybe it’s time for us to remember what we learned as children, before the adult ego began its attempt to subvert the integrity of the heart. We were told to tell the truth, don’t lie, play fair, share, say you’re sorry and be responsibile.

It seems today that selective truth or half-ruths are acceptable to get what one wants or not get what one doesn’t want. Bribery, lying, insinuation and all forms of corporate or governmental corruption come to mind.

Integrity has a lot of brother and sister principles in its immediate family: morality, ethics, virtue, justice, prudence and even honor. The unique commonality about all of these things is that they are comprised of unenforceable values by which we choose to live.

It’s the choice that makes it tough, isn’t it?

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