Tuesday, September 22, 2015
You can't buy integrity nor confiscate it (#2426)
Integrity is a noble principle. It is a value that can only be earned by an individual. It is a stout honesty that cannot be swayed. Integrity is not something that can be transferred from individual to individual. It isn't something that can be bought, regardless of a price offered. It cannot be taken as like a thief in the night. Integrity is the conclusion of many different moral standards we hold within our understanding. Integrity is the reflection of who we are and what we hold dear. Those with no integrity are those who have no backbone for moral principled living. Our morality is usually defined by honor. What is it about us that makes us stand up with courage in the face of those who would harm us for our standing? It is our right to be good, decent human beings. That is worth standing up for against those who have no morals or integrity. We protect that which we would hope all would hold dear, yet many do not thus the standing up. I see folks around me who are willing to sell their integrity to make some financial gain. Our society rewards efforts at capitalism even if they degrade who we are or who we could become. We have many ills in our society and those particular ones that highlight a lack of integrity should be the first to be cured. We all are on a stage so to speak here in America and the rest of the world is watching to see how we perform the function of being a human being. Our actions have costs, we either influence other folks in ways that are admirable or we influence folks in ways that are cynical. The final analysis should not be whether we made a profit off of selling our integrity for a price, it should be how we didn't sacrifice our integrity for a price. If you want to live a well and good life then stand up for the principles of honesty, justice and fairness every time and you will find that it becomes second nature and emboldens you to a life of courage, not a life of cowardice for profit.