I’ve been noticing a lot lately how much a lack of integrity (flaky people) runs ramped among our generation and the younger generation. For example, you reach out to someone, could be a new friendship or an old one and they take a full week to get back to you or in some cases not at all. Or you get into a business deal and the other party has no intention of holding up their end of the bargain.
Is lack of integrity just a sign of immaturity?
I think not, as some of these people are in their 30’s and 40’s with plenty of life experience. Even if you reached out to someone you don’t even know online and you were 100% sincere, genuine and polite, what would cause them to completely ignore you and completely disrespect your polite sincerity? When I researched the word integrity it really makes sense why people suffer from a lack of integrity and can’t respect others.
Before I mentioned that lack of integrity was not necessarily immaturity, but now that we see deeper roots to this challenge perhaps it could be redefined as a form of spiritual immaturity. Obtaining moral and ethical principles is a deep subject and life long journey we could write an entire book about so I’ll try to summarize to the best of my ability. If you have comments please feel free to add below.
- First thing we can ask ourselves is related to one master principle in all Religions… Do unto others as you would have them do to you or give and it will be given to you or take and it shall be taken from you. This comes around goes around, karmic principle has not only guided religions and philosophies, but science and technology through the principles of action and reaction. To really live this principle we must ask ourselves on a moment by moment basis: Is what I’m doing or saying or not saying something I would want done to me?
- The second guide post for our decisions or non-decisions is to ask ourselves does this help the greater good of the world or is this a selfish choice. Without a doubt if your choices for words, actions and inaction supports the greater good of the world and is in alignment with our first principle then you’ve made the right choice.
Of course the real guidepost is how you feel about yourself. Do you walk confidently even when you’re alone, do you need other peoples recognition to feel good about yourself? If you can embrace the principles of integrity then guaranteed you will stand tall and feel secure in all situations. A talk task perhaps, but a worthy one as it leads to this one thing we all want… HAPPINESS! 🙂
Please feel free to add comments below.
Lots of love, Chad