BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min) Given the current media trend to broadcast the depressing stories of fallen heroes and leaders (politicians, CEO’s, media celebrities, sports stars, etc.) that have succumbed to public humiliation and the ultimate loss of not only their worldly status but more importantly their INTEGRITY, I was compelled to search the inner library of my soul for a good definition of integrity—so that I can recognize it if I ever see it walking up the street some sunny day.  What I discovered however was that integrity alone is a very funny thing. It’s as elusive as luck, as valuable as money, and as important as your social security number. You won’t get hired simply because you’ve got it, but it could cost you your career if you lose it. Sometimesyou care about it, sometimes you don’t. You never weigh it, because it represents the shape your character is in, and when was the last time your character had a complete physical? However, if it’s total bliss and happiness we want, if we’re looking for a smoke-free, crime-free, AIDS-free, cancer-free, clean, loving, wonderful environment, where all humans are fed, rain forests flourish and politicians are…umm…trustworthy, then we’re going to need something much bigger than even integrity (and integrity’s pretty big). We’re going to have to move up to PROBITY! I’ve discovered that Probity’s beyond Integrity. It’s the other side of Integrity—like the far side of the moon. If Integrity is being the best you can possibly be, then Probity moves in and improves on it. If Integrity’s a winner, Probity’s a champion. If Integrity and Probity had a foot race Probity would win, then during the press conference she would acknowledge Integrity for setting a record breaking pace. Probity is Integrity on a mission—Mission Impossible. If Integrity means being committed, Probity means being committed to your commitments. If an act of Integrity is noble, an act of Probity is courageous and risky. If Integrity means showing up for the job on time, Probity means seeing to it that the work you do makes a difference…and has Integrity. If Integrity means being healthy, Probity means teaching people the many benefits of balancing your mind, body and Spirit. When Integrity takes the high road, Probity takes a jet. If Integrity’s being true to yourself, Probity’s being true to others…too. Probity reaches far beyond Integrity into the next room, where Humility lives, then politely knocks on Humility’s door and offers a compliment. If you were invited into the home of Integrity, Probity would be in the kitchen making hors d’oeuvres, because Probity has no time for pride, and is totally ego-free. If Integrity represents your beliefs, then Probity represents your higher ideals, your higher standards, your higher Self, as well as the fact you don’t get high anymore. It also represents how low you would stoop to help a friend…or a foe. If Integrity is being honest, then Probity is being committed to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me me! So I am no longer looking for integrity anymore—in people, events, situations or politicians. It’s too easy to fake. I am now watching out for random and spontaneous glimpses of Probity in who ever I meet and what ever I do. Enjoy this 2:16 minute video about Integrity:
J Michael Dolan

BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)

Given the current media trend to broadcast the depressing stories of fallen heroes and leaders (politicians, CEO’s, media celebrities, sports stars, etc.) that have succumbed to public humiliation and the ultimate loss of not only their worldly status but more importantly their INTEGRITY, I was compelled to search the inner library of my soul for a good definition of integrity—so that I can recognize it if I ever see it walking up the street some sunny day.
 

What I discovered however was that integrity alone is a very funny thing. It’s as elusive as luck, as valuable as money, and as important as your social security number. You won’t get hired simply because you’ve got it, but it could cost you your career if you lose it. Sometimesyou care about it, sometimes you don’t. You never weigh it, because it represents the shape your character is in, and when was the last time your character had a complete physical? However, if it’s total bliss and happiness we want, if we’re looking for a smoke-free, crime-free, AIDS-free, cancer-free, clean, loving, wonderful environment, where all humans are fed, rain forests flourish and politicians are…umm…trustworthy, then we’re going to need something much bigger than even integrity (and integrity’s pretty big). We’re going to have to move up to PROBITY!

I’ve discovered that Probity’s beyond Integrity. It’s the other side of Integrity—like the far side of the moon. If Integrity is being the best you can possibly be, then Probity moves in and improves on it. If Integrity’s a winner, Probity’s a champion. If Integrity and Probity had a foot race Probity would win, then during the press conference she would acknowledge Integrity for setting a record breaking pace. Probity is Integrity on a mission—Mission Impossible. If Integrity means being committed, Probity means being committed to your commitments. If an act of Integrity is noble, an act of Probity is courageous and risky. If Integrity means showing up for the job on time, Probity means seeing to it that the work you do makes a difference…and has Integrity. If Integrity means being healthy, Probity means teaching people the many benefits of balancing your mind, body and Spirit. When Integrity takes the high road, Probity takes a jet. If Integrity’s being true to yourself, Probity’s being true to others…too. Probity reaches far beyond Integrity into the next room, where Humility lives, then politely knocks on Humility’s door and offers a compliment. If you were invited into the home of Integrity, Probity would be in the kitchen making hors d’oeuvres, because Probity has no time for pride, and is totally ego-free. If Integrity represents your beliefs, then Probity represents your higher ideals, your higher standards, your higher Self, as well as the fact you don’t get high anymore. It also represents how low you would stoop to help a friend…or a foe. If Integrity is being honest, then Probity is being committed to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me me!

So I am no longer looking for integrity anymore—in people, events, situations or politicians. It’s too easy to fake. I am now watching out for random and spontaneous glimpses of Probity in who ever I meet and what ever I do.

Enjoy this 2:16 minute video about Integrity:

COMMENTS


Posted By mark
Probity and Integrity
I've never heard of the word Probity. I don't understand it. But according to Michael's article I don't even know what Integrity means either. All I know is we have to help others, do the right thing and hopefully don't just want money for the sake of having money. All I know is we want money for the wrong reasons.


Posted By Millie Caywood
Amazing Observations
You continue to amaze me with your amazing thought-provoking writings. One can gain a world of knowledge from your articles, and the spirit of this message brings a new meaning to integrity and honesty and causes one to do a lot of soul-searching. Your words bring hope to all of us in these times of economic crisis.


Posted By Chris
Sir Isaac
Great post. Probity means to truly understand how all actions affect all people. Sir Isaac had it right a long time ago: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Michael you have it right today: Committed to your comittment says it all as that choice then determines every subsequent decision. Integrity for me only means the person stays true to their belief(s). Probity passes buy that agenda-driven drivel and moves fast forward into sustained follow through. The life based on a moral compass, which doesn’t allow for the petty jealousies that drive so much of day-to-day human interaction, brings a joy felt only by those who own Probity. The “winner” in life is not the one who dies with the most toys, the “winner” dies with the most friends and love. So, with limited time in life I choose my comittments wisely.


Posted By Daveed
spontaneous glimpses
Michael , probity … just learned the word , Thank You. And as you said, now that you’re “watching out for random and spontaneous glimpses of Probity ” , You will see it everywhere… Daveed


Posted By James Gottfurcht
profound probity
Michael, Probity…You seem to have found a great word to name your blog! I’m looking forward to reading your observations, inquries and experiences of pure and profound probity. James Gottfurcht, Ph. D.


Posted By Tom Seufert
"un-probity"
Michael, Well everyone seems to be talking about integrity these days… especially given the last 8 years of “non-integrity” or perhaps “un-probity.” Webster defines probity as “:adherence to the highest principles and ideals : uprightness.” I’m feeling that Barak Obama might very well be the one who leads us (and the rest of the world) towards more integrity and hopefully even probity. There are good people in the world who are doing amazing things in their life and in the lives of others. Being a DNA programmed optimist, I tend to see the glass half full – and I wanted to thank you for exposing me to the high concept of probity. I like words with pro – like proactive. Tom Seufert/Visual Music


Posted By Jeff
Inspired
You contunue to astonish me. Your spirituality inspires me. Looking forward to your next blog.


Posted By Val
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hi Michael. I enjoyed your blog on Probity. I think that Ralph Waldo Emerson says it simply, “Go put your creed into deed, nor speak with double tongue.” My Dad, “A person needs not convince you of his integrity, you will see it in his actions.” I think probity is obvious. Love, Val


Posted By Julie
Fabulous!
Fabulous! Never heard the word before either. Rats . . just when I was getting the integrity thing down, now I have something beyond that to strive for. Okay, so Mr. Seufert beat me to the dictionary definition which I was ready to imput so I found something else that enlightened me. Orphism. Orphism (more rarely Orphicism) is the name given to a set of religious beliefs and practices in the ancient Greek and Thracian world, associated with literature ascribed to the mythical poet Orpheus, who descended into Hades and returned. Behold . . I found an Orphic Saying regarding Probity which is GREAT! Read carefully, you will see the “one step beyond integrity” that Probity is. Oh, by the way. . you had lunch with Cousin Jeff and I wasn’t invited? Bad bad boys! LXIII. PROBITY. The upright man holds fast his integrity amidst all reverses. Exiled by his principles from the world, a solitary amidst his age, he stands aloof from the busy haunts and low toils of his race. Amidst the general sterility he ripens for God. He is above the gauds and baits of sense. His taskmaster is in heaven; his field eternity; his wages peace. Away from him are all golden trophies, fames, honors, soft flatteries, comforts, homes, and couches in time. He lives in the smile of God; nor fears the frowns, nor courts the favor of men. With him the mint of immortal honor is not in the thronged market, but in the courts of the heart, whose awards bear not devices of applauding hosts, but of reviling soldiery,—of stakes and gibbets,—and are the guerdon not of the trial imposed, but of the valor that overcame it.


Posted By Oscar Arslanian
Consult the Dictionary
Michael, Good for you! As ever, you made me think as well as go to my dictionary….. Probity: adherence to the highest principles and ideals : uprightness synonyms see honesty Thanks. Oscar


Posted By Todd Singerman

Michael Dolan is GOD.


Posted By Sister Julie
dear brother
Thank you, dear brother, glad you enjoyed it!! I LOVE looking up things like that. I seem to be a magnet with regards to resources and it usually doesn’t take me all that long. Sometimes it does. . . but I usually find it at my fingertips. Okay, lunch with CJ is on the list!


Posted By Nancy Dolan (Michael's Wife)
Braveheart
Sister Julie (who is not a nun)—Love your Orphic paragraph, how poetic, how TRUE! This word “PROBITY” makes us “probe” our own character, and those around us…and in doing my own inner and outer research…. I was non-poetically going to say that what I understand about YOUR comments on the definition, Michael, is that someone with PROBITY consistently does what she thinks is right, based on an internal, immovable highest value system in spite of any negative consequences or sacrifice of self. In spite of political correctness. To become Probity, I would have to have the highest principles and ideals, and honesty, which in Latin is “Probitus.” This would have to be tested and confirmed and consistent with my thoughts and actions. We would recognize Probity in others by seeing the actions of someone aligned with the highest values.And what is the reward? knowing you have probity. FIDELITY to TRUTH. Absolute devotion to Truth no matter what the cost. PROBITY is also a part of our CHARACTER that cannot be legislated nor reached/enforced through any law because it is beyond the law. WHO HAS PROBITY? I think of Jesus, Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and I think of William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson) in the movie “Braveheart,” yelling “Freedom!” just before they chop off his head. Perhaps we can begin to focus our attention on our own character, and aim to have our actions aligned with the high ideals of a Brave Heart. What a different world if each one of us determined to display PROBITY, to be PROBITY. Just for PROBITY’s sake.


Posted By Julie
Probity Band
Hmmmmmm if Probity was the name of a band . . .what kind of music would they play? Food for thought. . hee hee. I just got our of rehearsal so I’ve got music on the brain!


Posted By Chris O.
thought-provoking essay
Hey Michael - Great prose, my man. I am now inspired to start my own blog, as I have so many things to expound (read “rant”) upon. Yours is an uplifting, inspiring, thought-provoking essay, extolling us as readers to seek out and live from the best part of ourselves. Mine will likely be seen as darker, more cynical, mean-spirited, offensive, indecent and blasphemous (being chronically misunderstood, this is what people will say – I’m really a sweet guy on the inside). Maybe the twain shall meet at various points. In any case, maybe it’s time for some r-ball again – my knee’s about healed up from the last time! Peace and good luck with the blog.


Posted By John Reynolds
an orgy of knowledge
OK I know his Bio sounds like a super genius, music guru business savant and all that stuff about him is true but the most defining characteristics I have come away with after hearing Michael speak, is that he is an orgy of knowledge wrapped in the kind of unconditional love that you get from a pet that just wants you to throw the stick or the ball and stay engaged and they just LOVE you. There is a ministry in Michael that I’m glad he is exploring through his blog.


Posted By Chris Stevens
living the princples
I’ve been living the princples and process I learned from Michael and CB way back in the M.I.N. Probity is what you taught by example. And you hadn’t even started using the word yet. I still put on my running shoes every morning. And I still love the thrill of a Mission Impossible quest to remain committed to my commitments. Yes if I say it, I do it. And I’m not afraid to say no I can’t. I might not hit perfection every try, but I do achieve excellence on a regular basis. That quest to honor my commitments has paid off handsomely for me. Both fiscally and spiritually. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.


Posted By Haro Istamboultian
opens new doors
Michael, thank you for this. This opens new doors in minds. It defies the difference between goals for sense pleasures and goals for self being… at least I personally think so. I see the big picture and praise every word in this blog.


Posted By Vic
GREAT BLOG!
Michael, What a great BLOG! Reading this made me think of Deepak Chopra talking about “True Intent”. Your support and inspiration has always been appreciated. Thank you for everything… Your the best!! Vic P


Posted By Mark Nardone
timely statement
Very timely statement, Michael. Especially considering we are in the business of covering the music industry and artists whose integrity and authenticity is lauded or lambasted on a daily basis. Maybe an upside to these economic hard times will be a giant, collective soul-search that leads to a more mature, thoughtful society.


Posted By Peter Kimmel
stimulate the mind
Thanks for this, Michael. It will be a good place to come to stimulate the mind, enliven the soul, recharge the personal character, and ‘reset’ the universe. Werner defined Integrity as “being whole, honest, and complete”. I always liked that and have endeavored to maintain it and to encourage it in the world. Probity is the next step one takes, the next moment, after being whole, honest, and complete. It completes the completeness. If you were to travel to the end of the universe, probity is what is just beyond that. Love ya, bro. Peter


Posted By Patti Gabriel
Quest For Probity
Reading your “Quest For Probity” was an absolute delight Michael! The verbiage, the imagery, the spirit of your message is so joyful and uplifting!! My personal favorites: “inner library of my soul”—awesome! Next: “like the far side of the moon”—waaaay cool! And: “as well as the fact that you don’t get high any more”—doobie-licious!!! But your oversoul request for creating ourselves in our highest image each and every moment…NOW…is a movement afoot, a siren call for all. You are a divine presence on this planet we call earth dear one. Guiding, teasing, tickling, encouraging…yeah demanding we become the truth! Or as Probity would say: become higher than the truth! One of my very favorite sayings: “There is a field in which both right and wrong merge…I will meet you in that field”!


Posted By John Braheny
philosopher
Michael, you’ve always had that “philosopher” in you that, when directed through the editorial policy of MC, has offered solid, practical help to musicians throughout every feature that was a rarity or only half-delivered in most musician’s magazines. It’s what made MC special and something I was proud to be a part of. In a “blink” I knew who you were and that I SHOULD commit to writing the “Songmine” column. It was only my lack of self-confidence that made me hesitate. And Mandi helped me overcome that. It changed my life. We all have those moments and, like you, I’ve had many. I’m glad to see you taking your knowledge, intuition and Probity to another level and I know it will produce results you can be equally proud of. I appreciate the spiritual perspective you bring to your life and writing. It’s inspiring. As Len Chandler would say. “Just keep on keepin on!”

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• NO SH%T! (Read time 0:57)
• FLYING SOLO (Read time 0:53)
• Consider The Ganesh Factor (Read time 0:27)
• Fishing In Your Private Pond (Read time 0:27)
• Why It's Taking So Long (Read time 0:53)
• Best Pizza In The World (Read time 0:51)
• 1st Impression  (Read time 0:19)
• Smart People Are Dumb (Read time 1:13)
• THIS WEEK (Read time 0:31)
• Must-Have, Must-See (Read time: 1:17)
• R U APPROPRIATE? (Read time 0:21)
• Screaming To Get Out! (Read time 0:49)
• Dangerous Assumptions (Read time 0:41)
• BLEACHERS FILLED (Read time (0:57)
• I'M NOT RIGHT FOR THIS (Read time 0:47)
• REDO (Read time 0:27)
• BRAVER, STRONGER, SMARTER (Read time 0:47)
• Sins Of Artists & Treps (Read time 0:29)
• Modus Operandi (Read time 0:49)
• A Dozen Mid-Year Reminders
• Isn’t It Ironic? (Read time 0:27)
• MY WAY (Read time 0:19)
• FILL THE VOID (Read time 0:27)
• SLOW DANCING (Read time 0:39)
• KILLING THE GOOD STUFF (Read time 0:27)
• A PETTY REMINDER (Read time 0:31)
• THE BIZ (Read time 0:57)
• TIME BANDITS (Read time: 021)
• Gatekeepers Begone (Read time 1:00)
• Spaced, Frozen & Dogged (Read time 0:31)
• EAT LIGHTNING (Read time 0:57)
• QUESTION & DOUBT (Read time 0:51)
• THE RIGHT THING
• SHOWTIME (Read time 0:51)
• OBSCURE BARVERY ( Read time 1:07)
• LEAP OF FAITH (Read time 0:29)
• That Time’n Thang (Read time 0:57)
• LIVING WITH ANTS (Read time 0:27)
• ROMANCING THE STONE (Read time 0:51)
• PLAYING SMALL (Read time 0:51)
• FLY IN THE RED ZONE
• ART + COMMERCE (Read time 0:43)
• A FLEETING GLIMPSE (Read time 0:47)

2012 Posts:
• 7-Ways To Make 2013 Better
• MIRACLE ON 34th (Read time 1:13)
• FAIL-SAFE
• FOLLOW THE LEADERS (Read time 0:39)
• ABSENCE OF FORMULA (Read time 0:51)
• Beginners Mind (Read time 0:43)
• 35 DAYS (Read time 0:47)
• THANKS!
• INDUSTRY MELT DOWN (READ TIME 1:37)
• Your Tired Strategy (Read time 0:27)
• FADE TO BLACK (Read time 1:27)
• DEEPER TRUTH (Read time 0:47)
• Blow Away Distraction 2012
• Unseen Unsold (Read Time 0:49)
• FILIBUSTER (Read time 0:30)
• Got Something To Prove? (Read time 0:37)
• R U OUT OF YOUR MIND? (read time 1:13)
• NO BIG SPLASH (Read time 0:27)
• Modus Operandi (Read time 0:49)
• DETACH (read time (0:31)
• PLAY BIGGER (Read time 0:17)
• DON’T GIVE UP (Read time :037)
• ALL TOGETHER NOW (Read time 1:03)
• R U READY? (Read time 0:47)
• EVERY SINGLE DAY (Read time 0:51)
• The New Marketing Dept. (Read time 0:23)
• O Captain! My Captain! (Read time 0:57)
• THE WORKHORSE AND THE FILLY (Read time 0:21)
• KEEP YOUR BOOTS MUDDY (Read time 0:37)
• When UR Best Effort Fails (Read time 0:29)
• STEEP CLIMB (Read time 0:27)
• SILENCE OF CHAMPIONS (Read time 1:13)
• WHY IT’S NOT WORKING (Read time 0:31)
• THE BUCK STOPS HERE (Read time 0:51)
• WE ALREADY TRIED THAT (Read Time 0:29)
• CHOOSE ONE (Read time 1:09)
• COMMIT NO PETTINESS
• LEGWORK (Read time 0:15)
• ARTISTS vs. ENTREPRENEURS (Read time 1:03)
• 5-YEAR SURPRISE! (Read time 0:43)
• MID-YEAR TO DO LIST (Read time 0:53)
• ALL IN (Read time 0:33)
• WHAT IF NOTHING CHANGES? (Read time 0:21)
• WADDA JACKASS! (Read time 1:07)
• WHAT ARE U SO AFRAID OF? (Read time 0:57)
• DON’T THINK! (Read time :31)
• Why incumbents rarely invent the future (Read time 1:13)
• THE BOX (Read time 0:33)
• STAND UP IN THE BOAT! (Read time 0:27)
• YOU’RE DREAM’N! (Read time 0:57)
• KNOWING (Read time 0:33)
• CONCEALED CONCERNS (Read time 0:47)
• TAMING THE $$$ BEAST (Read time 1:17)
• FAKING IT (Read time 0:17)
• STAYING POWER (Read time 0:47)
• 0:20 SECONDS OF INSANE COURAGE (Read time 0:51)
• GRASS (Read time 0:41)
• WITH BLOODY FINGERS I WRITE ON (read time 0:27)
• I'LL DO ANYTHING BUT THAT! (Read time 0:47)
• ASS ON THE LINE (Read time 1:37)
• MARKETING BLUES (Read time 0:47)
• THE LONG RUN (Read time 0:39)
• CREATIVITY TO THE RESCUE (Read time 2:07)
• THE RACER'S EDGE (Read time 0:41)
• NO WAY NO HOW! (Read time 0:27)
• THE SMART MONEY (Read time 0:25)
• YOU’RE CRAZY! (Read time 1:19)
• DANCING WITH YOUR DEVOTEES (Read time 0:39)
• LIBERTY!
• NO DOUBT (Read time 1:17)
• WHAT EVER YOU DO, DON'T TURN AROUND (read time :39)

2011 Posts:
• GRAND FINALE!
• 2-DOZEN WAYS TO MAKE 2012 BETTER!
• DEAR PRUDENCE (read time :43)
• COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT! (read time :23)
• IMAGINE (read time :57)
• WEEKENDS (read time :33)
• PIXAR LETTER (read time 1:03)
• RESISTANCE CAN KILL (read time 1:37)
• AMATEURS vs. PROS (read time :57)
• REQUIEM FOR A HONEYMOON (read time 1:09)
• CAN YOU FEEL IT? (read time 1:47)
• BRANCUSI'S VICTORY CRY  (read time :57)
• SAIL AWAY (read time :43)
• ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23)
• USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)