Integrity. Dying quality?
We have discussed the man's man self-confidence in the previous post.
Now, let's talk about integrity.
In accordance with the Miriam Webster dictionary, the right synonyms for integrity are:
HONESTY, HONOR, PROBITY mean uprightness of character or action.
HONESTY implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. HONOR suggests active or anxious regard for the standards of one's profession, calling, or position.
INTEGRITY implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge. PROBITY implies tried and proven honesty or integrity.
Here is my recent experience buying a piece of expensive computer hardware from Amazon's vendor TechMikeNY.
The advertised price included a pre-installed operating system.
I have paid a full price, and, as you may guess, received the unit with no operating system. It took me several hours to download the OS from the Microsoft support site and install it.
I have sent an email to the vendor stating that the price I paid should cover the OS but it was not supplied.
The man with integrity would sincerely apologize and maybe offer some refund for the inconvenience.
The TechMikeNY guy has replied that the unit was not advertised properly, and it had to be sold without OS. Meanwhile, he has offered no apologies.
Does the man have any integrity? Obviously not.
When the car salesman offers you to buy a used car with a hidden flaw that he knows about. Does this man have integrity?
When the cashier mistakenly gives you the change back - more than you should get - do you return extra?
Do YOU have integrity?
Manly man, beyond self-confidence, has integrity. It is simple self-respect and the pride of a righteous human.
A man without integrity will never be a good father. Remember, the kids learn by example.
If you often felt like a liar in a land of liars and the truth has sometimes seemed like an illusion to you, think about your integrity as a man.
Find your pride, man. Don't ever lose it.
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