What is the meaning of integrity?
What is the meaning of integrity? Webster’s International Dictionary describes the meaning of integrity as uprightness of deportment; soundness of moral principle; honesty, probity, state of being entire, unimpaired, unbroken; completeness. Delving deeper into the structure of the word we discover that its component parts are in, referring to the negative, and tegrity, a form of the Latin verb tangere, meaning “to touch.” We gather, then, that integrity is a state of being untouched, uncorrupted, unimpaired by divisive and corrupt influences.
Take for the example Job when explaining the meaning of integrity. Job’s integrity was put to the test. Wealth and property were taken away, children and household servants were slain, a loathsome skin disease assailed his own body from head to foot, and his own wife and three false friends conspired to have him renounce his worship of the only true God. Obviously the Devil was using these human mouthpieces to sound out his destructive propaganda: ‘The easy way out of all your troubles is just to curse God and die. Besides, he is not really worthy of your worship and devotion. He is an unreasoning dictator without any real love for his own creations.’
What think you of Job’s integrity? Did he permit himself to become divided as to allegiance, or to be corrupted by doubts and suspicions and the clever sophistry of this world and its god? No! Rather we hear him firmly declaring: “Till I die I will not put my integrity from me.” “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him?”
But what does keeping integrity mean to us today in this year 2013? There is a growing lack of integrity amongst people of the world. We see the evidence of it in many employer/employee relations. Both the employer and the employee expect each other to maintain a high level of integrity towards each other. However, each generation since World War 1 seems to lack appreciation for the meaning of the word.
An employee shows his integrity in a job by being honest in all parts of his work. Obviously, an employee who steals from his employer is not a person of integrity. However, how many employees today steal time from their employers. The amount of time stolen from an employer is staggering when you compare it to 100 years ago. This lack of integrity by an employee is seen in areas such as doing personal shopping or banking, surfing the Internet, chatting to friends and even leaving from work early. The list of activities that an employee does to steal time is growing and the huge amount of time stolen by employees adds costs to almost everything that we buy or pay for.
However, this is not a one way street where only the employee is lacking integrity. The employer is just as dishonest when it comes to ways of stealing from the employee. They too have a growing list of methods to rob the time of an employee. It includes making the stay extra time on the job without paying them for it. The bottom line is that integrity is a wonderful trait for a person to have and is worth cultivating despite the pressures to do otherwise.
Thank you and May God bless you!
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