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Suppose I had a problem and I needed to talk to someone about it Would I select a person who you knew to sometimes be dishonest or insincere someone who was sneaky or untrustworthy or sometimes stole or was even involved in illegal activities Hardly What kind of help could a person like that provide me that would be of any value I would think of someone who possessed the quality of integrity It could be a friend a teacher a coach a minister or even a parent But it would be someone I perceived to have integrity Integrity is the quality of being of sound moral principle uprightness honesty and sincerity It is an intangible one characteristic of humans that separates us from animals Integrity cannot be measured or seen or touched but it can be detected And it can be demonstrated Peoples actions over time show if they have integrity How a person reacts to every day life situations show if that person has integrity or lacks it It is something that people notice daily For instance students may be taking an exam and one student observes another cheating It may be no big deal at the time but the observer will file that bit of information about the cheater in each brain and know that the cheater is not a person with integrity Not a person who can be trusted but a cheater might be fun to hang out with and a buddy But not a person who you would depend on if you needed real help To have integrity humans make a conscious decision It is like that little cartoon devil that sits on one shoulder while the little cartoon angel sits on the other When a situation arises in a persons life that requires him to make a choice the little devil tries to convince that person to do what feels good what seems like fun but what is
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