I often feel that we are morally adrift, that we do not have a clear sense of how to ground our identities and actions to ultimate values that transcend time and place. That is not to say that our society is largely immoral. Just amoral—lacking a clear compass or a foundational guide.
The image shows integrity as the core or hub of the moral compass: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles
synonyms: honesty, uprightness, probity, rectitude, honour, honourableness, upstandingness, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, nobility, high-mindedness, right-mindedness, noble-mindedness, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness
My preference was for the cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance
Prudence and justice are the virtues through which we decide what needs to be done; fortitude gives us the strength to do it and temperance tells us how to do it.
Virtue is not easy; it involves sacrifice and challenge of or at least avoidance of peer pressures.
When I wrote about this about 12 years ago, someone commented that we should not require these values/virtues/principles to be taught in school but instead set the example ourselves. I agree that we should but know we frequently fall short…
So if integrity is the true North of the moral compass of life, how do we instil it in our own lives and those of the next generation?
Your ideas, experiences and thoughts would be appreciated. My spur of the moment suggestion and this is what I am doing, is to start a conversation, issue a challenge, ask for help. Would that be worth it or should we just leave it to osmosis and hope for the best?
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Great thoughts, Mal. Reflections of the article by Arthur Gordon titled Foolproof Formula for Success which was written many years ago. Such thoughts hold true over time.