Integrity. Trust. Respect. The ability to have faith in the people around you, to do the right thing. These are some of the pieces, the threads if you will, that hold society together. Without them, chaos has an excellent chance of taking over, and make no mistake, there are people who will take advantage of the situation to pursue their own ends.
When you think about the people you know who have integrity, do you count yourself among them? What does it mean to be a person of integrity? Well, first and foremost, integrity is about truth. And truth is the greatest force we have for personal and planetary well-being.
No bomb, no hatred, and no prejudice can match the strength of truth. In troubled and uncertain times, truth is our most powerful friend. Truth is the one thing that causes fear deep in the souls of those who would pervert it. When we all stand for truth, we are confident, whole, and energized – and a force to be reckoned with.
Throughout history, every great philosopher and religious leader has tried to teach us the same lesson – the principle that integrity, or wholeness, is the natural order of things. In spite of the fact that we live in separate bodies, houses, and nations, our essential nature is one of unity.
Any separation we think we see is an illusion that we have mistakenly learned to believe in. As long as we feel separate and isolated, we will behave in ways that result in damage to others and ourselves. Most religious and scientific scholars agree that our entire universe is one huge system – integrated and whole.
To behave as an integrated system, then, is to have integrity – to stand up for the truth of our inter-connectedness and our need to care for each other if we are to survive. You see, when we have integrity, we align ourselves with the entire universe – “the force” if you will. And when we live with integrity, we become immensely powerful indeed.