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September 3, 2005

The Man of Integrity

The man of integrity is one who makes it his constant rule to follow the road of duty, according as truth and the voice of his conscience point it out to him. He is not guided merely by affections which may some time give the color of virtue to a loose and unstable character.
The upright man is guided by a fixed principle, which destines him to do nothing but what is honorable, and to abhor whatever is base or unworthy, hence we find him ever the same, - at all times the trusty friend, the affectionate relative, the conscientious man of business, the pious worker, the public-spirited citizen.
He assumes no borrowed appearance. He seeks no mask to cover him, for he acts no studied part; but he is indeed what he appears to be, - full of truth, candor, and humanity. In all his pursuits, he knows no path but the fair, open, and direct one, and would much rather fail of success than attain if by reproachable means. He never shows us a smiling countenance while he meditates evil against us in his heart. We shall never find one part of his character at variance with another.

Posted by DavidDenninger at September 3, 2005 8:05 PM


Your man of integrity is rather idealized isn't he? Is there no room for mistakes? Can a man of integrity not be human? Or is this how one should strive to be? And is is really good that "we find him ever the same"? Is there not integrity in change? But, of course, if one is already so perfect I suppose not.

This entry was very well-written and insightful. Is this the sort of thing we can write for our wildcard entry? Can we write anything that we are inspired to write? May I ask what is it that inspired you to write this?

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at September 27, 2005 8:57 AM

This is of course, an aspiration.

(I'm including it as my wildcard entry...)

Posted by: David Denninger at September 27, 2005 9:33 AM

In that case, the best of luck to you. I know all too few who strive for things of such nature.

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at September 27, 2005 12:28 PM

Yes, Lorin, your wildcard can be whatever you like, as long as it's your own original writing.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 27, 2005 12:47 PM

This statement was originally written by Mary Baker Eddy, in Miscellaneous Writings on page 147. The article is commonly referred to as "The Man of Integrity."

Posted by: Liz at December 11, 2009 3:47 PM

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