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Big_island_rider
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 01:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I am so tired of hearing that this politician or this Hollywood person is accused of being sexually inappropriate.

What the hell is wrong with these people?

What happened to INTEGRITY?

I have once been accused of sexual harassment and once of infidelity. BOTH of which were proven to be completely FALSE.

I believe that my word is my bond and that my integrity and loyalty are more important than any transitory feelings or emotions. I base my decisions on logic, facts and reason. I choose to honor my commitments.

These choices, the use of the mind, is what places us above animals, above the baser instincts to simply give in to "what feels good in the moment" and do what you know is WRONG.
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Hootowl
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 02:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It is surgically removed when you enter public service.
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Macbuell
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 02:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I've never been accused of either ... although there was this one time in Band Camp ... ummm, never mind.

On a more serious note, the people attracted to public office typically have huge egos and are driven by power and greed. They are also narcissistic and surround themselves with sycophants.
Those traits don't typically align themselves with integrity.
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Tootal
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 02:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I was dating a woman who had a daughter that was supposed to babysit for a couple. Some friends called her and wanted her to join them so she did. She never called the couple to tell them she wasn't going to be there, she just didn't show up. They called her mother to see what happened but she knew nothing.

When we came back from our date her daughter was there and she wanted to know why she just blew off babysitting after she had agreed to do it. She responded that she decided that she'd rather join her friends than babysit. After her mother chewed her out she looked at me and asked if I had anything to add. That was probably a mistake on her part!
I told her that the only thing you're born with is your honor. Then you should spend the rest of your life trying to keep it. It's the one thing that nobody can take unless you let them, and she had already lost hers! I also told her that you can get it back if you do the right thing and profusely apologize to the couple and offer to babysit again for free, and then you better show up. I couldn't imagine doing something like that. I don't care how old I was, my dad would have beat my A$$!
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Macbuell
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 03:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Did she apologize and offer to baby sit for free and follow up on the offer. My guess is she did not.
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86129squids
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 03:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

"Discretion is the better part of valor."

It's pretty amazing, and sad, how poorly the collective's moral compass works nowadays. I've been blessed with parents that showed me the way, and blessed by learning from my failures to follow that path. Also from a sister who's a Chaplain, who's always been in the ministry in one way or another. I strive to collect friends who walk in the same direction.


"Everything is burning. The eye is burning and visible sights are burning. The ears and the sounds they hear are burning, the nose, the tongue, the body, the mind. With what fires are they burning? With the fires of greed, of hate, of ignorance, burning with anxiety, jealousy, loss, decay and grief. Considering this suffering, a follower of the way becomes weary of the fires, weary of greed and hate that fuel the grasping at sights, sounds, smells, tastes, body or mind. Being weary, one divests oneself of this grasping and by the absence of this grasping one becomes free."

The Buddha

I have that taped directly in front of my desk. There's a "Page-A-Day" Zen calendar that I've bought and enjoyed for decades now. This and dozens more of these sayings litter my walls. Here's the one for today:

"Stop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about, ideas that matter to you, beliefs you can stand by, tickets you can run on. Intelligent humans make those choices with their brain and hearts and they make them alone. The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful."

Zadie Smith
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Court
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 03:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

>>>>my dad would have beat my A$$!


Ahhhhh . . . we have one more thing in common.
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Ratbuell
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 04:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Common sense.

Common courtesy.

NEITHER is common anymore.

Integrity doesn't matter anymore - it's all about image.
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Tootal
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 04:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Did she apologize and offer to baby sit for free and follow up on the offer. My guess is she did not.

Oh, I think she did. Whether or not it was because she was truly sorry or because her mother forced her to I don't know but yes, she did apologize, that's as far as I know.
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86129squids
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 05:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/13 /570437097/remembering-bruce-brown-whose-search-fo r-the-perfect-break-redefined-surfing

GREAT article.
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