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Idea 12: Valuing

Truth is the language that identifies what is universal.

Antoine de St Exupéry, French novelist

According to an ancient Roman proverb, Integrity is the noblest possession. Integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false. A person of integrity prizes truth above all else.

Establishing the truth – the realities of the situation – is always a necessary condition for effective decision making. Not that it is easy. Indeed, in some situations truth may be hard to come by.

When making decisions we often need to consult specialists who have the necessary professional or technical knowledge. Nevertheless, it is not wise to accept what they say without question. Here is another use ...

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