What is integrity?
The dictionary says it is : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility : an unimpaired condition : soundness:
the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness www.merriam-webster.com...
In a social setting such as we have in this world today (billions and billions of people), integrity, some may say, is lost. If this is the case,
such a loss needs to be reclaimed.
Honesty is hard to come by these days. Is this a fair statement? Do people care if their word means anything? Are people accountable for their actions
and or lies? Do they care?
Each person must discover his own philosophy of life, and it is not fair to impose our ideals upon others. It's our responsibility, however, to share
one with another such experiences as to find common value and or ground. We desire, therefore, not to convert or convince, but to invite such a
sharing with the sincere hope that some mutual good will be accomplished. This is what I am doing.... sharing with ATS my views regarding integrity as
I believe people are essentially good. Maybe its naive, however it is how I view my fellow humans.
Materialism and consumerism has allowed our species a choice and a tempting one at that. Could it be this is the problem to our integrity issues? The
research below believes so.
From the "AOISHIMA RESEARCH INSTITUTE" in 2004
"PRESERVING CULTURAL INTEGRITY IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION: An Educational Response"
Authors: Martha R. Bireda, Ph.D., J.F. Cummings, Zita D. Pangelinan
"The materialistic/consumeristic culture is a memetic viral culture, and like a cancerous growth, overwhelms, dominates, and ultimately destroys
the integrity of the world's cultures if unstopped."
From the paper... The crisis is as follows:
"With the introduction of the memetic viral culture, the targeted society moves farther and farther away from what makes it civilized. What the
group members traditionally considered to be important for the welfare of the group are replaced by a set of values that foster selfishness and greed.
Desires come to be experienced as urgent needs and material possessions are believed to be the only way to happiness."
The research indicates society has become affected by a virus~ like ideology of self and greed and its sweeping the globe.
Selfishness and greed have overcome the morals and values of yesterday.
Also from the research they conclude that our society shared...
Collectivism ~ a concern for the welfare of fellow humans.
Harmony~ with nature and man
Connectedness~ to a higher power and or all people
We now have a society who look for personal fulfillment beyond measures.
A concern for:
~ The self only
~ Separation with a superiority complex.
~ Oriented by wealth, possessions, fear, and the status quo.
Some may read this and think, "So what"?
Think about it though... there is a fall out that occurs with this sort of long term behavior. Integrity is possibly needed in more ways than one.
People allow them self to obtain a false sense of hope that,
"things" can bring them a sense of well-being, happiness, and esteem. The stress, strain, and anxiety associated with "empty" striving starts to
take a toll and psychological health starts to suffer. As the media continuously promotes the emotional benefits of consumption, members of the
targeted society begin to experience a "consumption addiction". Caught up in a destructive cycle, the more the group members experience the emptiness
associated with the pursuit of money and things, the more they strive to get more, bigger, and better things to relieve the discomfort and feel
The Psyche begins to deteriorate with this long term behavior.
"Individuals whose lives were once motivated by a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and intrinsic rewards now experience emptiness, alienation, and
misdirected lives. Finally, the feelings of insecurity, frustration, and unhappiness associated with "not having things" lead to unhealthy and
destructive behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse.
Of course today's society is addicted to pain pills. It was once not as bad as it is today. Dr.'s do help... don't get me wrong, however they are the
biggest drug pushers! Oh, you are depressed? Here is a pill! Oh, you have a pain in your arm? Here is a pill. You don't feel good? Here is a pill!!
Good GAWD! Stop already ya pill pushin' blankity blank! People lose their integrity little by little. Morals and values change.
" An overwhelming shift from concern with others to selfishness and greed will occur. In a culture in which the sacredness of humanity was
honored, and the welfare of all members of the society was a highly held value, group members will start to be seen as objects only to be used for the
benefit of others to have more. Once the memetic viral culture has infested the targeted society to this degree, crime and violence will become the
"Everything that was known, that brought stability and a sense of security will have been erased. The once harmonious, contented, populace will
have been replaced by a society of insecure, anxiety, dissatisfied individuals who are estranged from their own culture and unable to find the
happiness they sought in the baubles of the memetic viral culture."
Someone who lived his life with integrity in my opinion is Dr. Martin Luther King. His enduring strength and integrity changed the world.
"Upholding our integrity to the small daily tests is what the integrious do. This leads to a higher level of awareness, confidence in our ability
to respond, and a strength that we can stand up to more difficult opposition because we have successfully stood up to the smaller ones."
So, what do you think in regards to our society and integrity? Is it lost?
Also, who can you think of that displays or displayed integrity?
Thanks for reading! xoxox
edit on 3/8/2013 by kosmicjack because: removed symbols for easier search access