What is integrity and what is out-of-integrity? Tony Robbins first brought these terms to my attention in his Unlimited Power talk. When a person has integrity, he is congruent internally, when a person is out-of-integrity, he is not congruent internally, he does not “walk his talk”, and he has inner civil war!
Most people cannot live with an inner civil war for long without psychological damage. Interesting enough people whom we commonly referred to as “man of strong character” can act in conflict with his own conscience or other values for a much longer period of time, without having any psychological backfire. The power of self-rationalization. That reminds me the famous ranting of Jacky Nicholson when he was cross examined by Tom Cruise in the movie A few good men, “You can’t handle the truth” before he fell into disgrace.
Richard Nixon was another guy of strong character. In the height of his career, he was reportedly said as ignoring questions by inquisitive reporters – “as if the reporters had said nothing”. As expected, he carried on with his policy despite anything, a characteristic of a strong personality that nothing can deter his ambition and his strong belief. After his resignation, he tried to rebuild his name, and among other things, he wrote books, which, in my opinion, are highly readable. I was interested to see how he would “excuse himself” from the Watergate fiasco. I read from one of his books something like this “Staff members of the previous administrations did many things fell short of a high moral standard and I knew about it. The mistake that I have made was that I have not upheld a higher moral standard than my predecessors, thereby my aides did thing of similar standard as those of previous administrations, and which things fell below the high moral standards expected by the people”. What more can I say of a personality of such personal righteousness and determination!
Recently in Hong Kong’s political arena we have our new Chief Executive Mr. Leung Chun Ying （梁振英）. I can see that he is a man of strong character. He has an integrity case to answer. His political opponents urged him to answer. His second-in-command said publicly that she would persuade him to give an answer. And so did some named supporters to his administration. Mr. Leung is a man of strong character. I don’t think resignation is one of his options. What will come next? I’m staying tuned, with much interest....
|The determination of Mr. Leung Chun Ying （梁振英)|