This is going to be a a very deep discussion. First off, the definitions of each word…
Integrity – adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
Values – relative worth, merit, or importance
Ethics – that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.
Morals – of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong
Now with those definitions in place, there are alot of people out there that are quick to evaluate and make comments about the Dawg and his life. I am here to tell you that before you act with haste to throw stones… take a look at your own life first. This post is not to offend anyone but to put life in perspective.
So on to the post…
Life… it is a truly amazing thing. We all are brought up in different homes, lifestyles, and backgrounds. When in truth, we are all taught the differences between right and wrong. We use out knowledge to depict the choices in which we make. By nature, we choose the selfish ways and most of the time those ways end up being the wrong path to go down. From a personal standpoint, we choose to do whatever it takes to get what we want out of life. Then later on, we find ourselves in a predictament of whether or not we are doing the right thing in our life. The choices we are given are quite iconic in the sense that those choices give us different directions we must take. An example of this would be taking a drive down a road with no direction. You come to a crossroad. If you go one way, it goes towards a happy place in life that is easy to get to. That happiness could be a favorite destination you have wanted to go back to because it was fun… yet the fun only lasts as long as your financial status can pay for it. Then you have the other direction that goes down a less trodden road and you have no idea what the final destination could be. It could be that the final destination would be reached, but you would have so much damage and turmoil on the way.
So you sit back and think about the integrity of your own life. You must be honest with yourself and know that what you are doing is for the good. It could be that you are going through a rough time and the easiest way to take care of things would be to give up. However, if you give up… then you aren’t honest with yourself and you end up hurting yourself in the long run. With prayer, you will be able to survive by being honest with yourself. The values in which you were raised upon tend to come up and your thinking process is blocked in some ways where you cannot make a sound decision. While you see the easy path… you must take in consideration of the values in which you were taught. You will make mistakes and you will have misjudgements on your life. Don’t worry… you will come out on top.The ethics of your life are based upon the principles in which you learn as a child. Is it ethical to treat people in a derogatory way? No of course not! So think to yourself if you would want someone treating you the same way that you treat them. It is afterall the golden rule. Remember the morals of life is deciding the difference between right and wrong. Don’t let your morals be based upon someone else’s definition of right and wrong for their morals will be different than yours.
Overall…. the purpose of this post is to get you to think about your integrity, values, ethics, and morals of your own life. Do not pass judgement on others for their decisions. Instead, uplift them regardless whether or not you think they are right or wrong. We are all supposed to uplift one another and support our fellow man. Be a mentor and positive role model for those around you. For when you do that; the honor, courage, and committment to your own life will shine through and God’s work can be done.
Until next time…