Integrity

18 February 2004 at 05:17 Leave a comment

I always imagined that to have ‘integrity’ was to have a set of ideas/ideals and to stick up for them when they are pressed or challenged, in other words, to not be a hypocrite. I guess I imagined, too, that one had to have some courage, though I didn’t think that through.

But I have recently learned that integrity is deeper than that.

To have integrity one has to have a ‘self’, a personality, a center, a simultaneously emotional and rational character that is not merely reactive, but cohesive within itself from which you interact with the world and the people around you.

I actually had never imagined that there were people who didn’t.

But there are.

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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 3 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 4 years ago

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