Do What I Say, Don't Do What I Do...


Integrity is one of my values. Sadly it appears to be not so important in our current political arena. What do I mean by integrity? It is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising regard for strong moral and ethical principles and values. In ethics, integrity is viewed as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of your actions. Integrity is the opposite of hypocrisy, in that assessing with the standards of integrity involves regarding internal consistency as a virtue and suggests that those holding apparently conflicting values should be accountable for the discrepancy or change their beliefs. The word integrity stems from the Latin adjective integer, meaning whole or complete. In this context, integrity is the inner sense of "wholeness" deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character. So, we may judge that others "have integrity" to the extent that they act according to the values, beliefs and principles they claim to hold. We don't have to look far to find one or two people in the public eye displaying a remarkable lack of integrity.

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