in·teg·ri·ty | [in-teg-ri-tee] | noun
- Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. Honor.
- The state of being unimpaired; soundness.
- The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.
synonyms: goodness, honesty, principle, purity, righteousness, sincerity, virtue
I was a senior in high school when my dad had a fatal heart attack. I left for college completely obsessed with death, and my entire freshman year I took University classes on Death & Dying and Near Death Experiences (NDE).
I learned that millions of people who have died and returned to this life have had similar NDE experiences. (With thousands of controls in place, NDEs can actually be monitored and studied). One consistently reported experience is that of having your “life pass before your eyes”. Imagine this experience as it’s been described:
Billions of snapshots, each containing a meaningful moment of a your life flashing through your consciousness as if your were watching slideshow. Accompanying the snapshot is your sense of empathy and realization of how you affected the other person in that shared moment.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That”s my religion. – Abraham Lincoln
As described by those whom have had NDE, “Judgement Day” is not a God or Gatekeeper looking over your life’s record on a clipboard.Instead, you judge yourself based on all those empathetic feelings from your life’s slideshow.Were you an overall a good person in life, or not-so-good?
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford
Learning this concept changed my life. As far as I’m concerned, Integrity’s where it’s at. The last thing I want to deal with – is guilt in my afterlife.
We all slip up sometimes… no one is perfect. But by keeping words and actions in constant check, you will always know what to say, or how you to behave. Consistent behaviour builds the story of your life; painting a picture of your character. Who are you, really?
“I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us. It may be God, I don’t know. But I think that if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do.” Christopher Reeve
Now, instead of obsessing about death, I am captivated by life.
Philosophy In Action
This week, celebrate integrity. Act with honor. Speak with principle. Be certain that when your Judgment Day comes, your scale tips in the right direction.
Do you move with integrity? Spending more time barefoot, or in minimal shoes will require you to land with more awareness, so that you are not pounding on your skeleton. Bring plenty of attention to your “landing pad”, and engage your core so that you can land without a sound.