October 1, 2019-
Every crisis that strikes between people, and within a person, is a matter of integrity. The old saw defines integrity as “the way a person behaves when no one is looking.” The problem is, someone without integrity will have difficulty in code switching. When one is outside of one’s room, there are most likely going to be other people around, going about their own business, and simultaneously noting what everyone around them is doing. So, the non-integrated person will go about being foolish, or angry, or drawing attention to self.
A person with integrity, on the other hand, will take the presence, as well as the legitimate feelings and rights of other people, into consideration, before engaging in an activity. There will be ownership of that activity, no blame-casting, gaslighting or obfuscation.
I have come by integrity, after much self-work, over the years. Ownership of my mistakes and errors has at times been painful, and come at a great price. In the end, I am more worthy of being in the world and have been able to achieve more.
I say this, looking at various public figures, several of whom have a fair degree of integrity and others whose public persona is one of “duck, doge and hide”. Some of these people are obvious to anyone, whilst others have managed to keep their inner character a secret, behind a facade of “good works”.
Sooner or later, though, as we have been seeing, the truth comes clear: “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” (Luke, 8:17) This truth is well to be remembered by BOTH sides, in any given dispute. The first thing that needs to be established is, “Who lacked integrity first, and to what degree?” Then may the truthfulness of others be established. This is the whole purpose of legal cross-examination and academic rebuttal-that things which are not as they seem, should be made clear.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right” has never been truer. This is all I have to say, for now, on the current state of affairs in our nation’s capital.