Integrity Essay

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Integrity is a multi faceted term where we try to bring together various overlapping qualities. Integrity can be viewed as integrating various parts into a harmonious whole, intact and uncorrupted. Integrity can also be viewed as one who is holding steadfast to their commitments. Another view of integrity is that of standing for something in a consistent and public manner. Another way of thinking about integrity calls for a moral life and their intellectual responsibility in seeking to understand the demands of such a life The dictionary defines integrity as the adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. To put it in my own words, integrity is a person’s ability to tell the truth, and have someone else be confident that their words hold truth, and are not twisted or distorted to deliver other implications. Do you remember the boy that cried wolf? The boy cried wolf when there wasn’t one, but he did that so many times, that when there actually was a wolf there, no one believed him because he had been dishonest so many times previously. Same thing applies in life. If you do something and lie about it, when people find out about it and they find out that you lied, they have a hard time knowing what you are telling the truth about, and what you are not being honest about. That and they don’t know what else you have lied about in the past. So if you find yourself in a situation where previous actions might be viewed unfavorably by your superiors, just come clean and take whatever the consequences that result are, no matter how big or little they may be. If you do admit that you messed up, and not try to make excuses about it, then people might still have respect for you even though they might not believe you as often. That and your consequences might not be as bad as they would have been if you just tried to lie

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