Integrity | Maritzburg College



Last week I focused on the core value of honesty and truthfulness relating to theft and also touched on integrity. This week I spoke to our boys on the core value of INTEGRITY.

What do we understand by the term ‘INTEGRITY’?

When used as a virtue term, ‘integrity’ refers to a quality of a person’s character’.

The word “integrity” stems from the Latin adjective integer (whole, complete). In this context, integrity is the inner sense of “wholeness” deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character.

As such, one may judge that others “have integrity” to the extent that they act according to the values, beliefs and principles they claim to hold.

Integrity is the virtue of practicing what one preaches. Or more importantly, practicing what one believes is right. Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than on personal gain.

A ‘man of principle’ is not a man who understands a principle, but a man who understands, accepts, and lives by a principle. There are many reasons why integrity is a virtue.

The first and most important reason to practice one’s beliefs, is that if they are right, you will be benefiting your own life.

The second reason to practice integrity, is that it is an affirmation that your ideas benefit your life.

A third reason to practice integrity is in dealing with others. A man who practices what he preaches is predictable, and few will feel threatened by it. Trust can develop, since others will come to realize you are consistently virtuous. To act without integrity, even occasionally, will leave others distrustful. This can negatively impact one’s life in a number of ways. People won’t allow themselves to become emotionally close to you. They will fear that you may betray them.

Knowing when to walk away is WISDOM

Being able to do the right thing takes COURAGE

Walking away, with your head held high is DIGNITY

So at all times strive to act with INTEGRITY.

Please continue to support the school by highlighting the importance of living our core values to your boys.

Pro Aris et Focis

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