This-essay is a7605272.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %LACK OF INTEGRITY 760527 Lack of integrity often originates in the internalization of incompatible ultimate concerns. No one can with integrity serve two gods, be they explicit or subconscious. Because a lack of integrity leads to socially destructive behavior, some would constrain the person who lacks integrity via: (1) prison bars, (2) civil laws, (3) taboos, (4) estrangement, (5) excommunication, (6) etiquette, (7) morality, (8) ethics, (9) oaths, (10) contracts, (11) threats, (12) etc. Such constraints may temporarily prevent socially destructive behavior, but they do not promote integrity. Many such constraints often promote the internalization of incompatible ultimate concerns, and so destroy personal integrity, and ultimately promote socially destructive behavior. If the infant is perceived as a "tabla rosa", an empty slate, on which society may write its program, then the stage is set for a cast which lacks personal integrity. The infant is not really like a modern computer with a blank memory. Each infant is unique from conception. Each infant has nearly unique chromosomes pre- natal experiences, and unique natal experiences. The "programming" is well advanced by the time society relates to the infant. The society which fails to respect the unique character of each infant will naturally try to coerce the infant into internalizing incompatible ultimate concerns. God-given instincts and freedom of choice must be respected, or tragedy and sin will follow. Society may inform a person of the likely natural consequences of each possible choice, but the person needs to be free to make the choice and verify/disprove the predicted consequences- --and to honestly communicate the experimental results. Absent such freedom, society becomes enslaved to dogma which is not subject to the ultimate test of experience. Individuals are violated through the introjection of inconsistent ultimate concerns. Integrity is undermined. Openness, honesty, affection, and trust decline. Frustrations and violence of all forms increase. The vicious cycle is completed, and repeats itself as technocrats seek to suppress repress rebellious violence and require integrity. The public welfare is best served by promoting and facilitating integrity to the maximum extent possible, accepting short-term costs in return for long-term benefits. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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