The word integrity is defined by my Google search as “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”
This, as it would seem, is a key factor in a person. There is a reason that the word so often gets tossed around and applied in so many ways.
I have heard it said on multiple occasions that the generation of today lacks this quality when compared to those before us, and that statement makes me really look around and judge for myself.
Surprisingly, I would tend to agree with the above stated remark. I feel that my generation has less of a regard for integrity, it just simply is not a value that we seem to hold as dear.
As with most things, the blame can not be placed on one specific person or thing for the occurrence. But I do feel that there are some very key factors in this trend.
Money makes the world go round more than ever before. My generation has been taught that money is in fact the key to happiness and all satisfaction in life.
To achieve success through money, many feel as though cheating and lying is the way to get ahead, and in many cases they are right. The world of business can be a cutthroat place and in some situations a lack of integrity can really help you.
This sends a message of acceptability when it comes to lacking integrity. As stated in a previous blog, I believe that morals and ethics are unique to each person so this is not a judgement of people’s integrity, simply and observation.
Obviously business ties in with the world of pop culture, another area which I feel has diminished the importance of integrity.
It used to be that the people portrayed in movies were honest characters who would rather die than compromise their integrity.
I am not stating that these characters do not exist in the movies today for they are still prevelant, yet not in such an obvious manner. Added to that there is also the counter of many characters who derive their likability from their overall lack of integrity.
Again, I am not saying that this culture change is a horrible thing or that it is a positive. I simply find it interesting that our values have changed in this way.
From a personal standpoint I can see both sides. I have seen when being honest can bite you in the ass as well as the other way around. So it comes down to each person thinking for themselves on how much they value integrity.