ADF Dedicant Path: Nine Virtues (Integrity)

Our Own Druidry defines integrity as,

Honor; being trustworthy to oneself and to others, involving oath-keeping, honesty, fairness, respect, self-confidence.

Merriam-Webster defines integrity as,

Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values.

Integrity stems from honesty to oneself and may involve oath-breaking or external dishonesty, provided these are informed by self-honesty. Self-honesty means making the right choice whether or not anyone else is witness to it. A person of integrity must believe that their choices are honest, fair and trustworthy, regardless of whether or not others believe the same or are even aware when a choice is made.

Humans, needless to say, do not make good choices every moment of their lives. Integrity requires accepting responsibility for past indiscretions perhaps more so than it does avoiding them in the first place. This might mean breaking an oath, should a person realize at any point that an oath they made in the past contradicts with their current morals. This does not mean that if one breaks an oath for moral reasons, they will be free from repercussion. Integrity requires that one make the right choice regardless of the consequences. This is where the self-confidence suggested by ADF comes in. It is difficult to put aside pride, fear, and reputation in order to do the right thing. Self-confidence is an asset to this end. There is no shame in admitting when one is or has been wrong. To do so is an act of courage.

n.b. I have modified this essay from the original in order to reflect my current understanding of the virtue.

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