“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
― Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit
We live in a world of transformation, daily transactions and those actions by individuals that create a pause for concern. Integrity is a foundation for one’s moral compass as we strive for meeting our needs for providing for family and continuing an existence of service, gratitude and enjoyment.
Not to espouse a political slant, but the recent months of division within the U.S. government body and an appearance of and actions similarly reflecting an autocratic state leave me extremely concerned about the next decade of decisions as well as statements coming from the political heads of this country.
Coward’s quote on honesty and deceit should be taken to heart among all individuals not only in the U.S. but worldwide as leaders and so-called leaders are acting out on impulses that are viewed from allies and others as increasingly more dangerous to the security of nations and citizens alike. How few of this nation’s government remain motionless and voice-less when it comes to the actions of the U.S. President over the last 24 months is of concern. Deceit rules high while honesty has been interpreted as acts of defiance and near treasonous! Morality has taken on a different interpretation.
In graduate studies I embark on lectures and classroom discussions on the importance of finding your moral compass and the attributes and characteristics that contribute to those decisions. Look for the paths taken on issues that make up your day. Do they fall upon your historical views of the world, a causal relationship to how your upbringing marks those decisions, and how do you contribute to finding meaning in your responses.
Finding meaning in your information comes from a lifetime of building those personal characteristics and experiences which do provide that foundation! Those individuals from the Greatest to the Z Generations have identities that range from decisions made based on family history and consistency to the latest generations of self-made, individualistic thinking and lack of a historical perspective to draw upon. Whichever decisions are made are drawn upon a foundation of life or present experience. Making sense of what is spoken or written
Take time to reflect and consider your personal characteristics that you draw upon in decisions made. Look to discussions and decisions being made by those that have a direct impact on your lives and consider what the meanings could be that foster those remarks. Finding your moral compass and those pieces that surround it can lead to a greater personal understanding and comfort in what is important in our lives.