Wholeness and Your Well Being
I got to thinking about "wholeness" the other day.....I saw something that stuck in my mind. I saved the thought for later....mulled it over a day or two, and then I did what I usually do and "googled" it.
The word is used for much more than I thought. I was especially surprised to see the word search in Wikipedia was redirected to Integrity. I was even more surprised as I read about integrity.
"Integrity in ethics
"Ethical meanings of integrity used in medicine and law refer to a quality of "wholeness" that must be present in the human body and in the body of law, respectively. Such wholeness is defined by "sacred" axioms such as unity, consistency, purity, unspoiledness and uncorruptedness.
"In discussions on behavior and morality, one view of the property of integrity sees it as the virtue of basing actions on an internally-consistent framework of principles. This scenario may emphasize depth of principles and adherence of each level of postulates or axioms to those it logically relies upon. One can describe a person as having ethical integrity to the extent that everything that that person does or believes: actions, methods, measures and principles — all of these derive from a single core group of values.
"One essential aspect of a consistent framework is its avoidance of any unwarranted (arbitrary) exceptions for a particular person or group — especially the person or group that holds the framework. In law, this principle of universal application requires that even those in positions of official power be subject to the same laws as pertain to their fellow citizens. In personal ethics, this principle requires that one should not act according to any rule that one would not wish to see universally followed. For example, one should not steal unless one would want to live in a world in which everyone was a thief. This was formally described by the philosopher Immanuel Kant in his categorical imperative.
"In the context of accountability, integrity serves as a measure of willingness to adjust a value system to maintain or improve its consistency, when an expected result appears incongruent with observed outcome. Some regard integrity as a virtue in that they see accountability and moral responsibility as necessary tools for maintaining such consistency.
"In the context of value theory, integrity provides the expected causation from a base value to its extrapolated implementation or other values. A value system emerges as a set of values and measures that one can observe as consistent with expectations.
"Some commentators stress the idea of integrity as personal honesty: acting according to one's beliefs and values at all times. Speaking about integrity can emphasize the "wholeness" or "intactness" of a moral stance or attitude. Some views of wholeness may also emphasize commitment and authenticity. Ayn Rand considered that integrity "does not consist of loyalty to one's subjective whims, but of loyalty to rational principles".
Did you find that information as interesting as I did? What really threw me for a loop was the description of how integrity relates to Value Systems and Scientific Methods.
You may be a lot smarter than me and be thinking duh! "Subjective testing measures integrity in relationship to human constructs. While some constructs, such as Mathematics, are considered to be very reliable, all human constructs are subject to humanity's assumptions of cause and effect. To add causal testing of the greater universe, we employ the Scientific Method."
Stay with me here.
"Scientific testing cannot produce "absolute truth" because scientific tests assume principles, values, methods and measures outside of the scope of the test. Rather, the Scientific Method is used to prove the integrity of a value system and to establish its conclusions as consistent with the assumptions used, thereby enabling further extrapolation within that domain."
After reading all that I'm not sure I can convey my gut level understanding of wholeness.
What Thomas and I have tried to do with this site is to take our foundation of faith and reconcile it with science and spiritualism. For instance where does the Universal Law of "like attracts like", as in the law of attraction, fit in? Is it a value system or a scientific method?
The Scentific Method includes Newtonian physics, general relativity and Quantum mechanics. What about Einsteins Quantum physics?
I'm pretty sure I made D's in math and science. But I graduated with a 3.7 from seminary.....
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