Corrective Post

Yesterday I spewed out all my frustrations onto this startled page, and posted it. I had a wonderfully supportive comment from Rosaria, thank you. But, it's been bothering me to leave all that anger and negativity out there. It does not need to go outward from me (nor inward either, for that matter, but that's another story). So, it's gone. Instead I want to pose the bigger questions: Does the world operate with less integrity these days? Has it always been the same? Do I also have "integrity deficit disorder?" And, most importantly, what can I do to make a difference?

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  1. I don't remember what you said, or I said yesterday; so, you're safe with me. Your question is one of ethics and morality; it is worth asking. Given my advancing years, I can tell you a bit of private history. I have known wonderful giving people who became angry and miserable with everyone when their spouse asked for a divorce. They felt betrayed; kicked in the shins; so they began to see everything with a new perspective. Their personality changed.

    People under stress will go through the same crisis of confidence; they will either retreat and pine away their days, or fight to survive; and consequently begin to think revenge and aggression are the way to live.

    It's not everyone. But, we are all subject to these crisis and these reactions.

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  2. Hmm. I don't really think the world operates with less integrity. Thinking back over history, people have always shows dark sides in some pretty awful ways.

    All I know to do is stick close to my own personal growth (which for me takes the form of a 12-step program) because that's all I can control. Amazingly, when I pay attention to my definition of spirituality, I see people in a much better light. What seemed like lack of integrity sometimes appears more like human frailty, and I'm more apt to find compassion. I have to be diligent about my own path, though. I'm a weak human vessel.

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  3. Rosaria, Sallymandy, I agree. I think you both are saying that circumstances can cause people to act unwisely, the human frailty, but we can choose how we act and how we react to other people.

    Thank you for your comments.

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