Let Me Ask You A Question – 4/26/17


Integrity is defined by Merriam-Webster as “firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values”.  “Moral” is used by most defining bodies when defining integrity and most of my readers have stated in the past that morality is a moving target and changes from culture-to-culture, yet they say integrity is a fixed, definite thing.

So, let me ask you a question…

How can integrity be a fixed, definite thing when one of the key definers (morality) is seen to be defined by one’s culture and isn’t fixed and definite?  

21 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 4/26/17

  1. While the specifics of a person’s moral code or standards may be culturally formed, “integrity” as defined refers to their adherence to that particular set of values and is seen as fixed in that sense.

    Still shooting at that moving target, I see. πŸ™‚

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      • No, its not, but it is quite an active discussion. Nice and tidy concepts are comforting and consistency feels stable. I’m reminded of Emerson’s comment about consistency which is so generally truncated too simply:

        β€œA foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. β€” ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ β€” Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

        ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

        I guess the connection there is that too often people mistake that sort of foolish consistency for integrity, whereas Emerson would argue that the true integrity is to speak each day’s truth as it comes.

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  2. I think personally the reason why integrity is fixed is because universally everyone accept and recognises what integrity means. Even a person with a poor moral code can have integrity in what they do as they recognise the need for integrity. Integrity can be likened to the 10 commandments no one wants to really break it. Not sure if I answered your questionπŸ€”

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  3. One can have integrity to anything that person believes, moral to immoral, all the way to having no integrity at all to anything. Is that sliding? Two perspectives to definitely consider in decision-makers. Cheers <3nikiV

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  4. Hmm..this one’s quite difficult. 😊
    My thought is that “morality” may vary accross cultures and even religions but we set our own standard depending on our personal beliefs and values.
    Then our adherance (as seen in our actions- whether they are aligned to or in contrast) to that standard that we set for ourselves, is the measure of our integrity.
    The essence of what is moral may vary but the standard of morality that we set for ourselves must be fixed so it can measure our integrity.
    I hope I made sense, hehe..😊

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  5. I would think it could be that words can mean more than their dictionary meaning. To me, I believe that integrity is acting in an ethnically (as in golden rule) and truthful manner which are universal concepts.

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  6. Sounds like a math equation, but integrity is fixed based on the applicable moral environment. When I fly on an airplane, I am fixed to my seat whether the plane is sitting at the gate or hurling through the air at 500 mph, I am still steadfast in my seat. That probably doesn’t help, but I thought it was an example of the basic answer to your question.

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