By Dr. T
A good name speaks to your trustworthiness and your integrity. A good name represents your character and reputation, doctor even to those who don’t know you personally. Are you an ethical person? Do you have a moral compass that grounds you and anchors the decisions that you make because they have to measure up to a certain principled standard? When your name is mentioned in public, no rx what do people think about you? There’s a Bible verse in Proverbs that says “A good name is to be more desired than great riches …” Is it true that a good name is better than riches? Do people value your name in the way they value money or wealth? What do people think about you when your name comes up in conversation?
As we grew up, many of us heard our parents say, “don’t ruin our good name!” A good family name always represented a solid reputation and had real value within communities large and small. Businesses were built on the reputation and standing of a good family name, and big risks were often taken on unproven and unknown individuals based solely on the solid evidence of personal integrity and a character that someone could vouch for. Unfortunately, it appears times have changed and the things that used to matter so much seem to be less important than the trappings of wealth, fame and excess.
In the age of the information highway, social media memes and 140 character tweets, the anonymity of the Internet and façade that many people live behind have made a good name less important than it once was in years past. Fame and recognition are the opioids that ignite the passion of the contemporary class. They don’t seem to care about facts or even truth. When it comes to integrity and reputation, there appears to be almost nothing and no one that a well orchestrated social media marketing campaign can’t rehabilitate when attempting to promote a so-called “good reputation.” And these days, there’s almost nothing an individual cannot overcome in their personal character or reputation by constructing a façade of success, money, wealth and fame built on the flimsiest of foundations; they “spin a tale” for themselves that overpowers any lack they may have, shortfalls or missteps they may have taken in their past. Indiscretions and intentional harm, hurt and victimization inflicted on others can be put behind these flawed individuals almost instantly by whipping up a good media campaign and putting out a slew of surrogate mouthpieces that will vouch for this “new character” that the mega marketing machine has built.
People are so gullible and, unfortunately, in these contemporary insta-fact and faux news network times, we have created a culture of complacent ignorance. Intellectual curiosity has been severely diminished. There is a lack of research employed, facts don’t seem to matter, and whoever is talking the most and the loudest becomes the dominant voice in the room. People seem to have lost the ability to measure and evaluate what is repeated to them as fact when it is often a “conjured spell” based on a deceptively constructed narrative using distortion and false equivalency to remake or build a reputation for an individual who hasn’t built that reputation for themselves. There are those who DO NOT have a good name or a good reputation. They have money. One is temporal, relative and will pass away, while the other will last forever.