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Integrity

Guru and Disciple

The more I ponder over the concept, the more I begin to realize just how important ‘integrity’ is as a whole.

The dictionary gives us a couple of meanings:

  1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
    “he is known to be a man of integrity”
    synonyms: honesty, probity, rectitude, honor, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness
    “I never doubted his integrity”
  2. the state of being whole and undivided.
    “upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty”
    synonyms: unity, unification, coherence, cohesion, togetherness, solidarity
    “the integrity of the federation”

An honest person with strong moral values can be depended on by family and friends. That kind of trust, the more I think about it, is worth more than gold and even the best cut diamonds.

Trustfulness is also an important part of having integrity, as someone labeled as a liar can no longer be trusted with his/her words. The more I think about this, how can someone ever trust another again if they have the capability to lie, cheat and deceive others, especially family and friends?

But integrity also falls into that second meaning of something or someone who is together and solid, that has some sense of dependability.

Unity is a big part of this, as for example, a family that is united is one of togetherness and cohesion. Like being a part of a team that has the same goals of success and accomplishment.

Integrity in an automotive part is essential for the success of the automobile as a whole. As it is the sum of its parts, all working together to get from point A to point B.

Integrity…

It’s something we need more of in our society, as the Internet and Social Media can skew things, facts and data for ill-conceived purposes and deceptive tactics.

And I can see how it’s important to ‘cultivate’ one’s integrity toward others.

And gaining that trust and dependability, without deception and trickery.

If I can trust in someone, then I can be assured that this person has my back.

Otherwise, as the great Jazz trumpter Dizzy Gillespie once said, “Where there’s no mutual respect, there’s trouble!”.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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