I used to think that integrity just had something to do with the effects of my actions on someone else – and the unpleasant feeling of a guilty conscience if I did something dishonest or unkind or selfish. “Knowing right from wrong,” turns out to be much more complex than my mother ever told me -– it turns out isn’t always as simple as just not taking dishonest advantage, but it does start with honest adherence to a set of ethical principles. When we are consciously connected to… Spirit, God, Ultimate Source…our integrity comes from acting on the guidance of that “inner voice,” even when it requires courage and great self-discipline in the face of danger or loss or ridicule. And it turns out that this connection to God ultimately helps us to create a life of peace and plenty. Acting in integrity is ultimately an affirmation of the Abundance and Goodness of Life, and a personal investment in the Peace we are all working for.
A movement also needs an inner voice, a strict adherence to a certain set of ethical principles, and in the movement for peace and justice, this starts with the principle of “ahimsa,” the principle of so deeply honoring (Hindu) or loving (Christian) the “sacred other” as to be unwilling to cause them harm, even in our thoughts. This principle formed the basis of the work of both Gandhi and King. Dr. King famously once said, “You can kill me, but you can’t make me hate you,” and Gandhi’s heartfelt desire was to make friends of his enemies as they saw that ultimately they benefited from providing justice. Both provided strict training in these principles to their adherents, and only allowed trained and self-disciplined people to participate in their actions, for fear that the integrity of the movement be lost out of impulsive actions of the untrained born of fear or rage. revgerry
“Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no persuasion move thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollity; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.” Benjamin Franklin
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mohandas K. Gandhi