“With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide.
With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.”
– Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar (1926-2012)
Integrity is a value that I find very important. It is very honorable to stand by our point of view and to fight for it. My ideas have slightly changed through time as I gained more wisdom and experiences, but I remained very honest to myself and still continue to have my own principles. I’m not always a leader, but I’m not easily labeled as a “sheep following a leader”. As a matter of fact, I’m quite the opposite. My way of thinking seems to be often unpopular because I’ll not follow a rule simply because it is a rule to follow. I live a virtuous life, and I have strong principles, but I refuse to adapt myself to some society rules if I feel it’s against my will or my logic. When that happens, I’ll be honest with myself and to others and I’ll explain why I acted differently than the mass.
The ADF Dedicant Manual defines ‘integrity’ as follows:
INTEGRITY: Honor; being trustworthy to oneself and to others, involving oath-keeping, honesty, fairness, respect, self-confidence.
That definition feels very adequate to me. I like the fact they included ‘oath-keeping’ as I strongly associate ‘integrity’ with the capacity to keep secrets or to keep oaths. Here is the definition from the Oxford Dictionary:
INTEGRITY noun. – The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; the state of being whole and undivided.
This one also sounds right, and I like the part about moral principles. I’ll now combine both ideas and do my own definition:
INTEGRITY: The ability to being whole and undivided, trustworthy and honest to oneself or to others by having strong moral principles involving oath-keeping, fairness, respect, and self-confidence.
People know that I’m thinking outside the box most of the time, but they also know that I’m honest, that I’m a good listener and that I can keep a secret. They’ll often come to me for comfort and tell me their feelings about a situation or a problem. My reputation is unstained, and all secrets shared with me remains deeply locked and hidden in my mind. If I do a promise or an oath, it is because I know upfront that I will be able to respect it. It is very important to have integrity in our values, as people will quickly stop trusting you if you are dishonest. We can think differently, but being trustworthy is what keeps us separated from anarchists and rebels.
Word Count: 374 words (excluding the introductory, the Oxford and the ADF quotes)
- Corrigan, Ian. Our Own Druidry. Tucson: ADF Publishing, 2009.
- Oxford Dictionary – “Integrity“