Integrity

Photograph: Sharron R. McMillan

Photograph: Sharron R. McMillan

Integrity: An old-fashioned word and quality, it seems.

Definition: ‘1. the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, moral uprightness.
2. the state of being whole and undivided, unified, unimpaired, internal consistency or lack of corruption.’
Integrity used to be more important than anything. One’s word was one’s bond. A handshake sealed a deal.
What has become of simple honesty and steadfastness, I wonder.
Profit seems to have replaced integrity, replicas have replaced true workmanship.  When did we start believing the lies, buying the knock-offs, being content with appearance of quality rather than real quality.
It is never too late to bring back an old-fashioned idea, to live a life of integrity, to turn off the advertisements that lie, to stop purchasing inferior products that mimic what once was beautiful in design and quality, to stop purchasing from countries who have no integrity in their standards of workmanship, ingredients nor the treatment of their own workers.
Let’s bring back good old Canadian integrity, please. There’s much more at stake than just bank accounts.

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