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We're examining the cornerstones that define integrity. There are eight in all. The first four cornerstones pertain to relationships with parents, older siblings, superiors, and with friends. The next four cornerstones relate to personal conduct. We've discussed propriety and honor. Now we move on to 廉 -- incorruptibility.
The next cornerstone of integrity is 义 -- a word that means righteousness and honor.
The fifth cornerstone of integrity is propriety. And so we start by asking: Is one born with the ability to distinguish right from wrong and if not, how can it be developed and can it be lost?
Our ability to read another's credibility or trustworthiness can only be honed if we know how to unmask the façade and see the true self. Only then can we avoid falling prey to the Bernie Madoffs of this world.
The fourth cornerstone of integrity is Trust 信 (xin).
Let's continue our exploration of the cornerstones which define integrity. And let's see where that path will finally bring us.