Ethics & Integrity

EthicsI created the above piece of art to show how dark it can be sometimes when you’re sorting out matters of ethics and integrity. The yellow flashes show us a path guided by Divinity and our own intuition, the darkness relates to the fears we sometimes face in making difficult decisions, while the red network illustrates the passion we need sometimes to stick to a path which is true for us and to trace what it is that for us is ethical and a decision which matches our inner integrity.

I was thinking about this post because today two other posts had enormous synchronicity for me – where I was doubting myself and wondering if I was being really fanatical (okay, I’ll admit I’m a bit fanatical!), the contents of the two posts spoke to my heart and validated what for me is an important part of my inner vision and truth-telling.

I have always been of the view that I will not laugh at racist jokes, I will not pass on hate or racist mail, nor will I post or forward mail or posts which I know are fraudulent. I do this because there’s enough hate and racism in this world without my adding to it, and because I find hate infinitely wearying and racism plain old disgusting.

I happened to point out to someone yesterday that a post reprinted on Facebook was in fact a concoction. It’s been doing the rounds for years. In essence it was dog-whistling on the Islamic faith but used the names of Australian and French Prime Ministers to give some sort of credence to the anti-Islamic views. Mind you, nothing was mentioned about Islam but it was quite clear from the post’s contents that Muslim people were the target.

The person who created this post was too gutless and cowardly to put their own name on it, but used – falsely – the names of ex-Australian Prime Ministers Rudd and Gillard, and former French Prime Minister Fillon to give credibility to a very unpleasant diatribe.

What amazed me is that when I raised this issue, the attitude was that the comments were okay, it didn’t matter that the whole post was fabricated, and it was okay to perpetuate what was basically a  lie.

It made me wonder about my own values. Am I setting the bar too high?  Is it wrong to detest dog-whistling on race or religion?  Am I being pious in saying that it’s wrong to repeat a falsehood even though you might agree with the thrust of the argument?  My feeling was that, if someone agrees with the post’s contents, print them under your own name, but don’t repeat a post which uses the name of famous people to give it credence and which also besmirches the names of the public people cited in the post.

However, today those two posts I mentioned earlier, which seemed to speak to me, talked of telling the truth, of going against the crowd if necessary, and not abiding by what everyone else thinks or what has always been done, because it’s your own ethics and integrity which are important. They might not be popular and it might not be an easy path to tread, but doing what for me is the right thing is important and part of being who I am.

I might also add that I am a Libran with Libran Rising which means justice, ethics, doing the right thing, social justice and so on are very, very important to me. I’m just heartened that synchronicity has given me back my self-belief and courage to tread my own path which may not be popular but which respects my own ethics and integrity. 

I also dedicate this to those of you faced with similar situations with regard to choices you need to make which accord with your own ethics and integrity.  Being popular is easy.  Being honest and standing up for your own beliefs may make life difficult but you at least know you have respected and honoured your own sense of what is right and wrong.

23 thoughts on “Ethics & Integrity

  1. This is an excellent post! Thank you so much for expressing it! Timely for me. I love the ethics and integrity art piece you created. I love it’s passion, boldness and statement. I think it can be used as a talisman, to gaze into it and have a greater sense of one’s own voice, determination and path whatever that might be. I’d like to gaze into the image in the days to follow and play with that possibility. I appreciate your voice and the issues you call forth!

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  2. It is difficult and often lonely to stand your ground …it’s requires courage of heart and faith in your conviction. I sends you the warmest of hugs and all of my love ❤

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  3. Being popular is easy. Being honest and standing up for your own beliefs may make life difficult but you at least know you have respected and honoured your own sense of what is right and wrong.

    Popularity is highly overrated. 😉

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  4. Both the blog and the art are very good. I have the same feelings you do. I often find I am questioning myself and my ethics/moral values. They are high. I wonder if I’m being too hard or too judgmental. But in the end, I just have to go with what my gut says. If I don’t, I believe I’m selling myself short. Good for you. The art is a great representation of how I work out these tangles issues.

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    • Thanks, Kerry. I really berated myself the night I had the disagreement on FB, people behaved as if I was quite mad to talk about the ethics of the post which really surprised me. When I pointed out the whole premise was false, I thought people would be pleased to know that, but they weren’t. I even got accused of being pro-terrorist, would you believe.

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      • Wow, Mo, I hear you. It was a big shock when I stood up for something “moral” or “ethical” and I got treated like I was from another planet. I totally don’t understand. Furthermore, I’m shocked. I guess we’re in the minority. I’m not sure I understand.

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  5. Thank you for this, Mo. I like the graphic creation very much and agree with your position. I think it’s important to be “an honest scholar ” and to always weigh my own convictions with the needs of the COMMON GOOD (which is becoming extinct in the U.S.)

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  6. I regard everything I see on FB as probable fiction. A lot of people seem to be pretty gullible though, so it’s a good idea to point out fallacies when you see them. But I think it depends upon the situation. I have a sister-in-law that propagates those silly emails that are done in 30-point orange font with tons of grammatical and spelling errors and loaded with factoids which are easily disproved. One look at the font, and I just delete them. This is stuff she wants to believe and I would only cause disharmony in the family if I responded with real facts.

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    • Yes, it amazed me that when I raised the issue with my friend, his response was that he agreed with the sentiments and it didn’t matter that the whole thing was concocted. Not bothered about the ethics of it at all.

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