What are the ideas and attitudes that we hold in our hearts and minds? At present they are in chaos, since we dissected and analyzed everything into bits and pieces. On top of that, we also linger in the last gasps of a sensate culture when “the previous system of value is disintegrated and a new system not yet built, [so] we are are faced with social, mental and moral anarchy” (W. Warren Wagar, The City of Man, p. 94).
We have seen how 20th century “prophets” and intellectuals brought us to this sad state. Now in the 21st century, we need to enter the Age of Integrity when we put our fragmented ideas back together with understanding, wisdom, honesty, integrity—with the integrity of each idea, each individual, each piece, an integral part of the whole of all society and all creation and in the process see that everything is related to God.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (before he was executed in a Nazi prison) got to the heart of truth, which is basic to integrity. He wrote, “Telling the truth . . . is not solely a matter of moral character, it is also a matter of correct appreciation of real situations and of serious reflection upon them.”
It is so difficult for us to see beyond our own little microscopic world. May we all have the vision for a true Age of Integrity.