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A Word About Integrity and Its Importance
(It is a defining character trait as far as I'm concerned)

 

This is a subject that has been neglected in the United States of America for a long time and because it is one that hasn't been emphasized enough in recent years, we now find that it is a character trait that is much less common than it once was. Even when it was more common however, it was still somewhat rare in the grand scheme of things.

People, like all physical things we know of, tend to take the path of least resistance. For example, fluids flowing downhill will freely flow around objects that are in its path, and the manner in which it flows from one object to the next is a direct result of the path it has already taken before it reaches the next object in its way to reach its destination. Electricity flowing through a copper conductor works much the same way, which is why you can safely touch a power cord with current running through it because of the rubber insulator between the copper wire and your hand, which serves as a barrier between the electrical current and you becoming the ground which would not be good for you were that to happen.

A body at rest tends to stay at rest unless a force acts upon it, and likewise, a body in motion will stay in motion absent the same; meaning unless some force is working to slow a moving body or stop it, like friction or gravity or contacting some other object, then that moving body will simply continue to move.

In order for me to do anything physical my body requires the energy to be able to exert force on my various body parts so I can alter my physical position and move from one place to another, or so I can lift an object and move it from one place to another, etc. Our bodies, much like a battery, can only store so much energy and eventually we need to be recharged. For that reason we must consume food and drink water, and we must rest our bodies for certain amounts of time in order for our bodies to recharge.

Because of the nature of our lives and the way our bodies produce and consume energy, it is our natural reaction to most things, driven by instinct, to conserve energy that we don't absolutely have to consume or spend in order to perform any given task. In many cases we will not perform a task if the risk of losing our stored energy outweighs the reward we will receive for using the energy it takes to obtain the reward.

Does that make sense? You might be asking yourself, "What in the world does any of what you just wrote have to do with the subject of "integrity"?" I'd answer you by saying that it has a great deal to do with it because it is one of those aspects of life that often causes a person to exert energy on something that they don't always directly benefit from, and often when they do benefit from it, it isn't always immediate. Think of it in terms of putting money in a bank and drawing interest on that money. The integrity attributed to you is like that money, and the bank it is placed in is like the people who see you and know you and the opinions they hold about the kind of person that you are.

Of course we all know that some banks return a higher interest on the money you have stored with them than others do, and therefore, the bank you put your money into is an important factor in the overall equation. The same is true of people who know you, and the opinions they hold about the kind of person you are can have varying degrees of reward or consequence as a result. The people you choose to associate with are the people you are choosing to make that investment with, they are the bank you are putting that money into, and the interest rate you receive in return is a direct result of that bank's policies and operating procedures. Also, being around people who have less integrity than others gives you little reason to invest any energy in trying to obtain any integrity of your own, because the cost to obtain it will never be worth the reward you will receive for having it in that situation.

Quite often, and in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter what someone thinks about you, but on occasion it actually does and when it does, it is usually critical to you for those people to think highly of you rather than to think poorly of you. While it is less common that someone's personal opinion of you actually matters than the fact that it generally doesn't, the times when it does matter are critical enough for you to at least attempt to pursue having others view you as someone who "has integrity", and therefore it is typically worth investing the energy in the effort it takes to achieve a favorable opinion about how others think of you. We should invest a reasonable amount of energy to obtain that social consensus on the kind of individuals we are because some things we need to obtain can't be easily obtained otherwise, and therefore the investment is worth it because eventually it will return a good interest rate on our initial long-term investment and it will pay off and ultimately make things easier for us in the long run.

Integrity is often a long-term investment and it is much easier to have no integrity than it is to have a certain amount of integrity. But integrity is also one of those attributes that someone can have more of than someone else does. It isn't an all-or-nothing-at-all variable and having less integrity than someone else doesn't necessarily make you a bad person. However, what generally does tend to lead to society placing that kind of label on you, like "bad person" for example, is when you apparently have no integrity at all, or when you have very little at all and they begin to feel like searching for it costs them more energy than they're willing to invest in that search. It actually becomes a cirle-of-life type scenario where integrity is concerned, and we would do well to keep this in mind. In life, anytime things work in circles like this, it can always come back to bite you in the butt if you neglect to properly handle your business pertaining to whatever it might be in regard to.

 

 

 

 

Dan Bongino - Regarding the News Media of Today
Clip From: "The Dan Bongino Show - Episode No. 1456"
During a 2019 U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee
Oversight Hearing Concerning the FBI and DOJ
Sharyl Attkisson's Opening Statement (Witness Testimony)
Ninety Percent (90%) of All News Outlets in the United States
Are Controlled by Just Six(6) Corporations

 

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