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blueberry
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 6:19:15 AM
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How would you define "man (or woman) of integrity"?
niblick
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blueberry wrote:
How would you define "man (or woman) of integrity"?


I like the word mensch.
redgriffin
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 12:10:56 PM
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A person with integrity would be one who is consistent in their dealing with other who uses ethics in business and dealing with others Or as Niblick said a mensch
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 1:10:18 PM

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honest
jcbarros
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Every mensch has a price. Keep on haggling. :/
Richard
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 2:42:23 PM
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Misunderstood.
MarySM
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 5:25:40 PM
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I'm not sure how I would define integrity but I know that once someone has lost their integrity, in my view, they have lost everything. I can't trust someone who lacks integrity and I certainly can't respect them.
Man
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 6:58:09 PM
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blueberry wrote:
How would you define "man (or woman) of integrity"?


an honest and upright man
HWNN1961
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 7:49:51 PM
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A couple examples:

Sir Thomas Moore

Abraham Lincoln

There are many more, but these come to mind right away. These are people that could have taken an easier road in life, but, they opted for their principles, and paid the price.
deebee
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 8:22:24 PM
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A person who has morals/ethics and applies them even in the face of adversity - just like me resigning from a job I loved that paid well because I could not carry out some of the practices the Company introduced (damn my integrity!)Brick wall
kitten
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 9:30:13 PM
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There are many sides to a person who has integrity. They are multi-faceted.

A person who has integrity is a person who keeps his word. 'Their word is their bond.'

It is also a person who is able to reason, feel, listen and if they have made a mistake the courage to own up and apologize.

Apologizing is now sadly, very sadly viewed as a weakness. It takes much courage to admit you are wrong and move in another direction.

Integrity ecompases a code of ethics and an adherance to those code of ethics.

Truthfulness---the desire to be truthful without being cruel or smug or right just honest and truthful. Being impartial and even handed or fair, firm and consistant if you prefer, taking all under your umbrella not those you like. Reliable and dependable.

The above mentioned are two good examples of men with integrity. I would also include Jesus, Jeremy Bentham, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass and women such as Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt.


We may think it odd that Benjamin Franklin would write these virtures at the age of 20 but it was not odd for the period.


Thirteen Virtues

Franklin sought to cultivate his character by a plan of thirteen virtues, which he developed at age 20 (in 1726) and continued to practice in some form for the rest of his life. His autobiography lists his thirteen virtues as:

1)"Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation."

2)"Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation."

3)"Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time."

4)"Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve."

5)"Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing."

6)"Industry. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions."

7)"Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly."

8)"Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty."

9)"Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve."

10)"Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation."

11)"Tranquility. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable."

12)"Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation."

13)"Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates."

Franklin did not try to work on them all at once. Instead, he would work on one and only one each week "leaving all others to their ordinary chance". While Franklin did not live completely by his virtues and by his own admission, he fell short of them many times, he believed the attempt made him a better man contributing greatly to his success and happiness, which is why in his autobiography, he devoted more pages to this plan than to any other single point; in his autobiography Franklin wrote, "I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may follow the example and reap the benefit.
<<<<<< wikipedia.



These are, of course, my own opinions. I am sure, as always, someone will come along with what they believe integrity to be.


peace out, >^,,^<
kitten
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 9:34:00 PM
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deebee wrote:
A person who has morals/ethics and applies them even in the face of adversity - just like me resigning from a job I loved that paid well because I could not carry out some of the practices the Company introduced (damn my integrity!)Brick wall



That is very hard to do and commendable.


"This above all: to thine own self be true" [William Shakespeare Hamlet]

peace out, >^,,^<
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