June 15, 2019

Should You Be True To Yourself and Other Small Integrity Questions

The May-June issue of Spirituality and Health Magazine featured a review of Stu Brody's book, The Law of Small Things, Creating a Habit of Integrity in a Culture of Mistrust, which included excerpts of two of the book's chapters.

In the first piece, Should You be True to Yourself? And if so, who made “thine own self” the center of the moral universe?, Brody discusses why breezy prescriptions for "doing the right thing", like “It’s something you just know,” “Trust your gut,” “To thine own self be true,” “Follow your true north,” and even the Golden Rule, are not helpful in guiding our conduct because they place too much faith in intuition.

In the second piece. Is It OK to Hog a Table at Starbucks? A closer look at a small thing so many of us do, Brody discusses why civility is an implied promise to interact with others, including strangers, in a way that demonstrates commitment to mutual well-being.

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The Law of Small Things

Most of us take our integrity for granted. As a result, a false confidence distorts our decision-making as individuals, in business and in our nation. The big breaches of integrity we see all around us—that we tend to blame on others—can be addressed by the “practice” of integrity as a learned skill, in our individual relationships, our workplaces and in our nation.

But first, we have to let go of the illusion that we “have” integrity as a matter of intuition and that we are innately ready for big things without practicing on small things.

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