What a powerful word…
Merriam-Webster defines it as:
1. firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
2. an unimpaired condition : soundness
3. the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness
Incorruptible. A sound and complete person who adheres, who firmly adheres to moral values.
Okay, so yeah I am picking and choosing here, but it doesn’t change what the connotation to this word is…
In order for me to better grasp meanings, I like to read the word in a sentence or have it described in some other way.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
~David Star Jordan, The Philosophy of Despair
Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.
Don’t try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough.
The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.
~Thomas Babington Macaulay
Yes. I like quotes. In fact, I have a page that I started to collect them on here.
I Love reading. Wish I had more time to do it.
And it is in reading a quote that I had the urge to write this post.
This quote really struck that proverbial nerve…NOT because I think I am great, but I do many times catch myself judging. I catch myself being as the Pharisees and many other Great Hypocrites and Finger Pointers saying:
“I am not as bad as…”
“At least I don’t…”
“I am not hurting anybody”
and oh so many of those gems.
This quote, I feel, truly elucidates my Fallen Condition…
I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them,
and I know how bad I am.
~Joseph Baretti, quoted by James Boswell, 1766, commonly misattributed to Samuel Johnson
Food for thought…
God Love You and may He have Mercy on us All…
One final quote:
Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?
~William Lloyd Garrison
Love your post and the brilliant quote at the end! Even if a bit pessimistic 🙂