Integrity: Some have it, some don't.

Peter Cresswell's picture
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2008-01-08 00:14

"Integrity is loyalty to one's convictions and values; it is the policy of acting in accordance with one's values, of expressing, upholding and translating them into practical reality." - Ayn Rand.

Integrity: Some have it, most don't. Sadly, that's life.


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gregster's picture

This is a much larger idea than described above that can and does take time to integrate properly and 'saintly' pronunciations more specific would be helpful.

The ability to act properly in many situations, such as rescuing someone only if one does not put one's own life at risk, or when and if to lend assistance to a friend (a value), is not an innate skill even from objectivists.

I haven't read all posts but I think you're referring to those who have seen the need to consider voting 'out-of-character' in this MMP political system. Some individuals voting to rid NZ of Labour and making sure of it would not think of voting National or ACT under a different system.

I value more Labour OUT (landslide)
than small recognition to political minnows with great ideas.

I can reason why I make this choice in these circumstances.

"Some have it, most don't." As with everything, I agree, unfortunately.

Mr Newberry,

Very unfair to single out objectivist sites as full of "opinions without substance" and posting SOLO. Did you post this elsewhere? What kinds of sites have more substance on display?

You don't see " the substance that comes from making their ideals real in practical reality." Nor do I very often because to read about every nuance daily would be bloody boring. In other words you're right but I think because no-one bores us with their every last personal detail.

Speaking personally, objectivist thinking - what motivates a person, a person's psychological perspective - combined with free market ideas (such as doing something most efficiently, or the way most likely to be effectively repeated) I use as consistently as possible every day.

Another used often is the "not-rewarding" the under-performing and "not penalising" the productive.

This is going some way to "make ideals real" because the results will speak for themselves.

ideals real in practical reality

Newberry's picture

 

"Integrity is loyalty to one's convictions
and values; it is the policy of acting in accordance with one's values,
of expressing, upholding and translating them into practical reality."
- Ayn Rand.

Integrity: Some have it, most don't. Sadly, that's life.

I can't help but think that a great many of the online O community only deal with the "expression" part of upholding their values. Acting and translating them into practical reality is the stickler--ain't it Peter?

Keep up the great work.

I doubt I will be posting on any O sites for awhile--I am getting bored of opinions without substance; not the substance backed by more ideas, but the substance that comes from making their ideals real in practical reality.

You know where you can find me.

Cheers,

Michael


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