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"Human Integrity"

Source: 12Petals Media Group

Based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, individuals have inherent and inviolable rights. Everyone has virtue, self-respect, autonomy, and human rights. And we know that with freedom, responsibility becomes an integral component of the human rights platform.

John Adams says, "The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. They will only exchange tyrants and tyrannies."

The Wikipedia term for virtue is described as “a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards ... Each individual has a core of underlying values that contribute to his or her system of beliefs, ideas and/or opinions. Integrity in the application of a value ensures its continuity and this continuity separates a value from beliefs, opinion and ideas.”
And according to the dictionaries, the word "integrity" is defined as adherence to moral principles and the quality of being unimpaired. The term “integrity” originates from the Latin adjective “integer” meaning whole and complete.

Viewed from this perspective, the concept of human integrity can be perceived as a person’s wholeness of character. And the inner wisdom of wholeness (totality) of character stems from virtues such as honesty and truthfulness and consistency of actions. In a very simple term, it means to be true to self.

As such, having human integrity and character integrity can only be considered to the extent that one acts according to the values, beliefs, and principles one claims to hold dear.

For more information on the theme of “human integrity”, please see mentioned sources.

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Artist: Anna Felisha Ott
Image Production By: 12Petals Media Group, Human Integrity. 2012

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