Posts tagged integrity
Transformative Experience: Changing Thoughts and Feelings Through Action

Our large, highly-developed infrastructures preclude the need for rising to any occasion or banding together to get a job done. We’re conditioned to expect the government or AAA to step in and solve each problem. We are able to live completely insulated from the community contribution and frequent challenge that once defined human existence. This convenience comes at a price. More than any self-help workbook, it is powerful experiences that build confidence, embed good values, and foster a sense of purpose. Today our physical needs are met so effortlessly that we are rarely prompted to essential experiences that make us capable of meeting our emotional needs. Fortunately, those experiences are well documented and accessible to us all.

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Radical Honesty and Your Shadow Side: Authenticity in the Age of Artificiality Part 2

We are all pulled by a selfish shadow. Our shadow is that capacity for evil that is within us all, but it is also a source of great revelation, strength, and wisdom that allows for much greater good. Every shadow drive has this duality which speaks to the need to become familiar with it through thoughtful reflection. To explore the shadow we have to be honest with ourselves. In doing so, we can learn to be more honest with the world. Radical honesty is bridging the giant gulf between what we show on the outside and who we are on the inside. It makes solutions and growth likely. There is more short term discomfort with far less long-term pain.

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Judgment, Integrity, and Moral Courage

Following the Holocaust, many questioned how such atrocities were possible. How could a vast network of people orchestrate such evil? Why weren’t there refusals all throughout the chain? Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram set out to explore this concept in his famous, 1963 Obedience Experiments. In 65% of experiments, people administered what they thought were deadly shocks when prompted to do so by an authority. The study has since been repeated many times with nearly identical results. While judgment is often deemed wrong, we must cultivate a highly nuanced capacity for making judgments about our own actions and develop the moral courage to meet that standard.

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Principled Sacrifice

Whether we like it or not, our consumption habits are not a completely neutral act. We bear responsibility for either rewarding malicious intent or punishing it. In the modern world, nothing speaks louder than the refusal to purchase. Saturated in the incomprehensible magic of modern technology, it shouldn’t seem that crazy to identify a few causes worth self-denial. We’ll still live the most lavish lives in human history and probably be able to find a more rewarding substitute. No one ever regretted giving up McDonalds, anyway.

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