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
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.