Today I am thankful for integrity. The dictionary defines “integrity” as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” Unfortunately, the exhibition of integrity, among many other things, is lacking in today’s society.
Many people say that what matters is that they try to be good people. However, one of the problems with that is that a person’s idea of what “being a good person” is often changes from minute to minute, albeit in minute ways. And many people use their personal “good person” standard as the sole doctrine by which they live their life, which oftentimes turns out to be a rather self-centered one.
Of course, I am a believer in treating people well and conducting oneself in a manner that is respectful and considerate. However, if the only standard by which a person chooses to live his or her life is their personal “good person” standard, then it leaves me wondering how others fit into that philosophy. The reason why I wonder this is because for many people their “good person” standard does not seem to foster behavior that demonstrates an adherence to moral and ethical principles, which is demonstrative of having moral character and being honest. In other words, their “good person” standard lacks integrity. And how can you truly be a person who treats people right if you lack integrity?
This is something that I wonder about when I think of the way that we human beings treat each other. And though there are still some people who do possess integrity, I wonder where the integrity of society as a whole has gone and why we as a society do not seem to be interested in getting it back. #lovebythedrop