Integrity A goal that everyone hopes to reach, a quality that many falsely claim to have, and a way of life that is seemingly difficult to live by. I’m not even sure people really know what the word means, yet I personally hear it used all too often. It is to have a firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values. It is to be unimpaired in everything. Some would say to have this they must be perfect. It is something that is almost unattainable yet talked about and used so carelessly. What is it that I am referring to? Something a wise man named Martin Luther King had.
It is something that we all hope to one day be, and will talk about one day getting there when in reality the American way of living keeps us from reaching that goal. It is integrity that I am writing about.
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It is something that we all strive for as we live our day to day lives as lies. It is something that is talked about but never acted on. Integrity seems to be an unattainable trait by many and that is due to the fact that it is so much easier to get through life taking short cuts and lying. People fear confrontation and hard work and that is why we lie and cheat our way through situations.
Now I’m not saying that theres no integrity in life at all. We all, (well mostly all) have morals and rules that we live by and follow. There is a bit of integrity in all of us, some more than others, but nonetheless it is there. There are many factors that influence and support an integrity filled life. The economic state that you live in, the physical state you live in, as well as the emotional state you live in all influence how much integrity you have. To live with integrity is to literally integrate what you think, know, believe with what ou say; and to integrate what you say with what you do.
I think many factors influence person to have integrity. Who a person looks up to as a child may determine the type of person they want to grow up to be. Ethics are the foundation on which long-term success is built. Integrity is defined as the adherence to moral and ethical principles. Integrity is, therefore, the result of strong ethics. To live an integrity filled life is to live a complete and whole life working hard and earning what you get, whether it is good or not. Sometimes you yourself have to ose in order to do the right thing.
The world doesn’t revolve around one being, and that is something that is difficult for some people to wrap their heads around. IVe done some research on the topic of integrity to get a sort of fly on the wall perspective of how other people view integrity. After my research I have come to the conclusion that people all wish to live a life with integrity, though few ever do. There is a famous quote by Albert Einstein “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” This man had integrity and he orked hard and he was a brilliant man.
This quote is accurate in describing how a person with integrity may view the world. I believe that there is a strong social influence on how we live as humans. Our integrity is very much dependent on who we surround ourselves with. The world is a social place; we form relationships with people and groups on a day to day basis. It is only natural for the majority of us to want to be accepted by the people we are surrounded by therefore we conform to their social norms, whether it is morally right for us to do so or not.
The decision to integration of experience and to live your life according to your understanding and principles; can be a very liberating experience. A commitment to living with integrity involves adopting a few general principles that can serve as guideposts to moral decision-making. Maintain a commitment to honesty, fairness, and the highest level of ethics in every interaction. Our actions demonstrate our integrity. Our actions are determined by who we surround ourselves with and how easy or difficult it is for us to fall to peer pressure.