“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” Michelle Obama
the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness:“he is known to be a man of integrity”
Many of us were reared by decent parents who put “integrity” above all other principles and values. Many of us also failed miserably to follow the roots of our upbringing chasing after the mother of all demons-alcohol. Recovery from alcoholism renewed those values which stand up to history as characteristics that are highly admired and cherished.
We want integrity as the cornerstone of our recoveries. We strive for honesty, decency, sincerity, trustworthiness, and ethics ceaselessly in our relationships with family and at work. Being labeled a liar is tantamount to an unacceptable personal failure leading us to renew our personal inventories and “promptly admitting when we are wrong.” That’s who we are as grateful recovering addicts.
We are extremely fortunate to have a program which advocates honesty and spiritual growth. My sponsor frequently lamented those poor unfortunates who do not have Alcoholics Anonymous to guide them through life. For those of us who are alcoholic, AA has been a lifesaver. For others who are not alcoholic, the principles of AA would nonetheless bring a shining light into a darkened world of humanity.
The ethics of politics sometimes appears to be non-existent. We do not see integrity flowing from the mouths of our leaders, both Democrat and Republican, and most noticeably from the President and his administration. Lies are supplied to us as truths even to the absurdity of being called alternative truth. The principles which sustain and guide us are thrown to the wayside by the unscrupulous, devious, unprincipled, self-serving men and women who are supposedly engaged in government activity as servants to us, the citizens.
We know better, they do not. They do not abide by standards that are linked to the words of Michelle Obama in the opening quote. The children of President Trump were raised by a father who does not cherish our values, who places himself above the laws of society and the justice system which sustains our freedoms and liberty. The children of President Trump were raised in “country club” privilege to be served by others rather than to serve others. One of my blogger friends wrote a great post regarding the privileged children of today’s society:
Those of us who remember Jack Kennedy will never forget a quote which is possibly his greatest contribution to our culture:
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather, ask what you can do for your country.”
Simple words which, if taken seriously by today’s population, could turn our country back to a kinder, more generous, and more honorable path in human history. It’s up to us to gently prod, adamantly urge, and vocally assert the foundations of integrity and civility which we know to be the truth regarding the survival of our nation. Never accept what has been foisted upon us as a legitimate government claiming to be representative of a great America. We are descended from a pioneering people of exponentially greater nobility and character than the administration and its supporters who sit in Washington, D.C., today.