There’s been a lot of talk lately about integrity, but this week I learned an unexpected lesson from an unusual source: the Kilogram.
Unlike most of us as we grow older, the Kilogram is losing weight. Since 1889, the International Prototype Kilogram, made out of platinum and iridium and kept in an underground vault in Paris, has been the standard by which all Kilograms are judged. Yet now, for reasons nobody quite understands, the so called Perfect Kilogram has been weighed, measured and found wanting. In fact, scientists are meeting this week to discuss its replacement.
The old Kilogram has changed. It can no longer be trusted. In a very real sense — it has lost its integrity.
Integrity is the principle that resonates most highly amongst our young people today, probably because there is so little of it about. Real integrity, as Oprah Winfrey puts it, is doing the right thing1. It’s the car that doesn’t break down. A politician who keeps her word. A partner who remains faithful.
One of the most famous statements about the founder of the Chrsitian faith, Jesus Christ, is that he is the same yesterday, today and for ever. Whoever wrote that did not mean Jesus never changes his hairstyle, but that he is always true to himself.
Given that he called himself the Son of God, his integrity carries much weight.
All the very best,
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