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17 october 2006 integrity

02:57 'integrity' as described in the Wikipedia*:

Popular views of Integrity

Many people appear to use the word "integrity" in a vague manner as an alternative to the perceived political incorrectness of using blatantly moralistic terms such as "good" or ethical. In this sense the term often refers to a refusal to engage in lying, blaming or other behavior generally seeming to evade accountability. Integrity is holding true to one's values. Said another way: being one's word; doing what you said you would do (by when)/(how) you said you would do it. Integrity is knowing what is important to you and living your actions accordingly. It may take the form of a sense of etiquette that runs very deep, as in religious or political virtues. In a way, integrity is how you allow others to see you. Holding individual evaluation as paramount, Friedrich Nietzsche considered personal integrity a noble quality.

Integrity in modern ethics

There exists, however a more formal study of the term integrity and its meaning in modern ethics. It is often understood not only as a refusal to engage in behavior that evades responsibility, but as an understanding of different modes or styles in which some discourse takes place, and which aims at the discovery of some truth.

as i read it i felt at last in the presence of a valid or worthwhile idea

(noted during a night of wakfulness because of toothache and on my father's birthday)

* "Integrity." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 22 Oct 2006, 20:33 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 28 Oct 2006 (link)

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