What does it mean to live with Integrity?
Integrity is not an easy word to define. We know it when we see it, but it has many distinct and overlapping definitions. The word comes from the latin, “in-tangere” – untouched – meaning incorruptible, unimpaired virtue. In our daily lives, Integrity is more than just the absence of fraud and corruption. It includes a commitment to strong ethical principles and high standards, a culture of trust and trustworthiness, a spirit of fairness and justice, and courage in the face adversity.
Integrity is at the heart of building a flourishing Bahamas, where each and every one of us can thrive without fear of unfair or dishonest treatment. However, with a word that means so much to so many, its crucial that we as a nation define what Integrity means for us.
Here at The “Do The Right Ting Campaign” we like to quote C.S. Lewis “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” We asked over 100 Bahamians what Integrity means to them. Here are some of their answers:
Upholding the law in public and private.
Able to do the right thing irrespective of how the outcome will affect you.
The ability to resolve issues taking into account individual responsibility and collective benefit.
Upright ethics and moral principles.
Trustworthiness & respect for law & order.
Doing the right thing without expectation of reward.
Have a moral compass that points upwards.
Holding and maintaining a high standard personally and professionally.
Commitment to honesty and fairness.
Ability to maintain your honesty even in the face of temptation.
Responsibility and honesty in all transactions, social and financial.
Doing what is right even if you stand alone.
Doing the right thing… even when it’s difficult.