Integrity Essay

1038 WordsJan 12, 20125 Pages
4/22/2010 Applied Ethics What Does it Mean to Have Integrity The dictionary describes integrity as being unimpaired, unadulterated, or genuine state; entire correspondence with an original condition; purity. But in layman terms, integrity means to be who you are regardless if someone is watching you or not. Being true to one’s self, values, beliefs and morals is vital on the religious viewpoint. Integrity is how we decide to live our life. In our lifetime we will be faced with decisions only we can make ourselves. Only we can decide how we live our lives, and the decision we make defines us as. Integrity is doing the right thing opposed to doing the wrong thing. Integrity builds character and helps us develop values. This is…show more content…
The integrity and the morals my mother and father taught me caused me to find the lady and return her wallet. She was so delighted to see her wallet she gave me twenty dollars. As you can see sometimes you can be awarded for doing what is right. If I didn’t return the wallet the lady, for the rest of the day I feel guilty and just dirty honestly. Another example was when I was working at a janitorial service, and most times any employee who found a lost item kept it. One evening I was cleaning and a wallet was found again. My other co workers who saw the wallet as well looked inside the wallet to see if any money. They all confirmed there was large amounts of money inside, I told them to leave it alone and should return to the rightful owner. Of course everyone looked at me like yeah right. They all split the money and asked do I want a cut, I said no. The reason I said no goes back to what my parents taught me. And I asked myself, “Would my mother be disappointed?” I knew she would which made me even want to refrain more from what the other employees were doing. It was crazy because the whole act was caught on tape and all were terminated but me. I feel regardless of your profession, you should always be ethical. Sorry I was born as a person with a conscience. In my opinion it is sickening that most people do not possess integrity. Integrity is something that means a lot to some people and then nothing at all to
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