My Opinion of What is Personal Integrity
What's your moral compass looking like?
If you are given back to much change at the end of a cash transaction do you...
Personal Definition of Integrity:
When in action, are you true to yourself? Let personal integrity be your guide. It is the foundation laid by a humans supposed standards at the beginning. At the end of the day, it is the simple truth of what one makes of it. It is a human being's moral compass. That is what personal integrity means to me.
It's meaning involves a rapture of different personal variances and meanings. Personal integrity is an unknown element to the world of science or any field of study, where a conceptual understanding of human beings can be gathered. For one thing is certain, everything fringes upon the accord, thereof, of these people's own personal integrity. Seeing how they're the persons gathering information, and inputting the data entries. After all there really couldn't be a governing body between what is right and what is wrong; and humans, as we all know are severely flawed.
Suppose then the question(s);
- Is personal integrity a basic human instinct, or is something that is taught by parents, neighbors, teachers or others?
- Is it something that can be learned through observation or discipline?
- What if you were born without it?
When it comes to understanding the foundations of integrity, and so finding examples of it, I look no further than the motion picture, Jerry McGuire. In this movie Jerry McGuire is a Sports Agent. He loses his high end job as an Agent to elite athletes, due to a "Mission Statement" or memo. In the movie, he writes the mission statement as a prequel to change. Jerry felt it was wrong to talk his clients into doing something that was life threatening in order for him and his company to make money. He finally grew a conscious, and this new found consciousness would no longer allow it. After the neatly banded mission statement was sent to all employees of the firm he worked with, he was fired by a friend.
In order to prove himself, he opens up his own agency based off personal attention and personal service. His company's niche, in the world of promoting elite athletes, is his own personal integrity, and family oriented values. At one point in the movie, Jerry is trying to sign a new an upcoming superstar from Texas. He flies to Texas and speaks to the boy's father. You get a sense in the movie that this father is a good guy; a man of his word with strong morals. Jerry asks him to sign a contract with him, and the father in a matter-fact tone, tells Jerry he's isn't much on signing contracts, but that his word is "stronger than oak."
In this statement, the father declares to Jerry McGuire that he has a strong, fierce moral fiber and his word, or essentially that his personal integrity, was as strong as an oak tree. The statement leads Jerry McGuire into believing this man's integrity is stronger than greed, indecision, carelessness and personal interpretations. In the end Jerry McGuire is standing alone, no superstar athlete to boost his profits, and a company in ruins. However, he does still have his own moral fibers intact. As in real life, everyday people are struck with dilemma's that may or may not "affect or attack" their conscience.
In the world of Warner Brothers' animations, personal integrity is defined as a character to the viewer. This character of integrity, often takes on the shape of a blue, colored angel or a red, colored devil. The angel sits on the right hand shoulder and the devil would be position to the left hand side. The characters are often portrayed in a moment where a philosophical judgment takes place. Bringing out the basis of devilish inclinations that would leave someone with a comprised and damaged integrity.
The misunderstood realms of integrity often get lost in translation when combining with religion. In Judaism- personal integrity seems to be more weighted and not so easily forgiven as that of Christianity. For forgiveness isn't an acute action, but a long determined process. Forgiveness comes on Judgment Day. That is when good and evil are separated and engulfed in battle. Jews believe it is then, when a person's integrity, is divided between rights and wrongs over that person's lifetime.
I don't know if integrity can be observed or taught through discipline. Each brings out the question, as too, "What is the moral compass of said adviser imposing the lesson?" To which I'll leave my stead and say that I'll save that for a later date. Personal integrity is the bread & butter of who and what you are. If you question your own moral compass. Ask yourself a all or one of these questions;
- If you are handed to much change during a cash transaction, do you give it back?
- If you have already made a promise to one, but got a better offer. Do you break your promise?
- Do you take credit for other peoples work?
If you've answered "Yes" to two of the three questions or "NO" to the first question, you just might be a person with little integrity, and thus not trustworthy.
Literal Definition of Integrity:
Soundness. 2: adherence to a code of values. 3: COMPLETENESS.
- Integrity (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Integrity is one of the most important and oft-cited of virtue terms. It is also perhaps the most puzzling. For example, while it is sometimes used virtually synonymously with ‘moral,’ we also at times distinguish acting morally.
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