Integrity

(CONSOLIDATION)

Definitions: (1) the perfect interassociation of parts; (2) able to put back together again; complete; (3) seeing the actual way everything should fit together; fitting; (4) retaining the best of the past, nurturing the best of the present, and laying the ground for the best of the future; (5) insuring the coming together of all to form a cohesive Single Reality

(DECENCY)

Definitions: (1) completely honest and thoroughly proper; (2) the model of a morally upright nature; honorable; reputable; (3) worthy of the utmost respect; scrupulously principled; (4) very believable; sincere

Comment: When God decides to integrate things, meanings, values, and persons he does so with a willingness to preserve the best of the individual pieces. This simple ‘preservation of the actuals’ approach we would expect even from an efficient mechanistic universe.

In excess of the minimum, he also lets bloom the potentials latent within. These blossoms come to fruition with the help of struggle and cross-pollination. As a result, he is completing it (or us) not with simple addition but with a creative expansion of new reality.

He has designed the infinite to impinge upon the finite. We see the effect of the infinite interacting with the finite in many ways, particularly with values. But let’s take two examples from chemistry: 1) Add two hydrogen atoms to one oxygen atom and you get something more and very different from what could ever have been expected. 2) Add one each of sodium (a highly reactive metal) and chlorine (a poisonous gas) and you get table salt. This is the “superadditive” effect mentioned in Harmony definition number four.