Sunday’s Wisdom #90: Honor and Integrity

“I decided a long time ago what kind of man I wanted to be. I’ve sworn oaths to your family, but it is the promises a man makes to himself that he must keep.”
– Fulton, The Providence of Fire
Chronicle of the Unhewn
Throne, by Brian Staveley

…this is one of those times where there’s not really anything I can add, is there?

It’s a simple declaration from a lifelong soldier, the guardian of a princess, all the more profound for the simplicity.

Fulton is a man of honor because he chose to be one early in life. He keeps his word, he fulfills his duty. It has nothing to do with what others have demanded of him. It has everything to do with what he demands of himself. He is the one who decided that breaking his oaths would be unacceptable, no matter the circumstance. He is the one who decided that, if necessary, he would die to keep his sacred honor and see his duty clear. Eventually, he does exactly that.

That is the honor of soldiers, and the honor of a man: simple, unvarnished, inviolate integrity.

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1 Response to Sunday’s Wisdom #90: Honor and Integrity

  1. ospreyshire says:

    Having integrity is something I do uphold. I do my best to keep promises and when I make mistakes or do something bad, I own up to it. What I can’t stand are people and companies who never own up to their wrongdoings or do dishonorable things. This is speaking from personal experience and it does annoy me when those same individuals get applauded for having no integrity.

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