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The Nature of Integrity
I've been thinking alot lately about concepts such as deep integrity, big integrity, and global integrity. What does integrity mean in an evolutionary context? How can individuals and groups of all slizes (including corporations and nation states) come into deeper ecological and evolutionary integrity? This line of thinking led to the creation of my new 90-minute program, "Evolution and the Global Integrity Crisis", which I delivered last month at the United Nations. A great source of inspiration for me along the lines of individual, family, and work-place integrity has been Edward E. Morler's widely acclaimed book, The Leadership Integrity Challenge. What follows are a few gems from Morler (though they do not appear in this order in his book):
"Integrity is spontaneous responsibility. It is doing the right thing even when no one is looking. Without integrity our self-image and self-esteem become dependent on what other people think. Every time we compromise our integrity we sacrifice a bit of ourselves—we shave off a piece of the wholeness of who we are.
"People with integrity have positive control over their lives and over the events in their lives. They have a clarity and certainty about what they want and will allow. They do not see life as happening to them, but rather they make life happen. Without the cement of integrity, we are left distracted, unclear about what to do, ineffective in action, and weighed down by negativity.
"Integrity is the bedrock and the cement of our purpose, principles, and character. It is the foundation that provides the willingness, ability, poise, presence, and certainty to deal with the entirety of what is. Out of that develops our sense of purpose and vision of what can be. In living our values and moving toward this ideal vision, we become more of who we truly are."