What is your highest value System?
Character ethics or Personality ethics –
Subconsciously we all fathom Character ethics, yet we chase to acquire personality ethics, which are unconditionally superficial, while the Character ethics are deep-rooted and everlasting Principles.
My recent study echoed as a reminder for acknowledgment and affirmation of the Core Character Ethics Principles.
Lately, a lot of new team members joined our office, I observed how they quickly made efforts to mix around in their new environment acquiring the personality traits of those around them. I say Personality traits as that is the Cursory layer that gets noticed first, as it does take a while to perceive the Character traits. And also giving in to our monkey genes we do instantly image our surroundings. After all, it is also vital to be befitting into our new haven. At the same time, it is crucial to remember to keep our character ethics strong, not to let them loose in trying to acquire the personality ethics which may seem simpler and glamorous.
That also reminds me of my experiences when I enter a flight, check in to a hotel, or for that matter going to a shopping mall. I could strongly observe Personality traits. The adapted mannerisms, so spectacular that it almost gets a common man cognizant and embarrassed. A gracious smile, eager to support you with even the smallest of your concerns.
Of course, I guess, it’s all attired to make you comfortable; now you are getting conscious or comfortable is altogether another debate.
The point I am trying to make here is that Personality traits are like a flash in the pan… Loud noise, Whoosh and vanished ….The Character Ethics are like salt and the other ingredients, not visible but without which apparently, everything is bland.
Ironical fact: The world today is living, looking at things through a Caprice Mirage.
A couple of days back an old, Hindi speaking man entered our office, discriminatory as it may sound, he appeared less polished to our perceived eyes. The first observation for everyone was his Personality ethics, he seemed completely misfitting to the habitat. But as the discussion progressed.. the deeper convictions of the man started emerging. Shattering all our false perceptions or the so-called first impression. His calmness was intriguing. A thoroughbred… life’s experiences had strengthened his resolve. The final impression stayed longer. Nothing wrong with personality ethics… it also has its own importance in polishing our outer appearance. It is about attaching too much focus on it. What is of utmost importance is how deep-rooted our values are. Long-lasting relationships and trust are established based on the character ethics of any individual.
When we dive into our ancient Vedic scriptures, we would corroborate that the primary knowledge given at that time was majorly revolving around character building; the strong essential principles to lead a life in correctness –
Higher principles like:
Integrity | Courage | Justice | Responsibility | Fidelity | Faith | Compassion | Contribution |
Whereas in the modern education system, we are only being taught personality traits which are more of shortcut and quick-fix solutions.
That is why today we face so many complexities of life because most people are unaware and not living a life based on stronger character principles. It is time we all deeply understand and value character ethics over personality ethics for ourselves and work on passing it on to our next generations…
Character ethics are actually deeply embedded within every soul; we just need to develop the consciousness to actually start practicing and living them…Living life on Character ethics can seem testing sometimes, but these are age-old principles, undeclared guidelines to live this life, that help attain long-run success, harmony, and wellness.
Bhagwat Gita is one scripture that can actually ignite this within us.