Listening to a lovely woman who speaks truth. She was using the word rationalize to express this: "Barter away your integrity." This hit home and when something hits me in the chest it is imperative in me to take a deeper look. As I have said to self and other it is necessary to recapitulate back to self and your own integrity. It's deep.
She is also speaking the word that recently came to me and it is this: Reckoning ... yes, we are in the process of a reckoning, has to come and will.
1767, "explain in a rational way, make conformable to reason," from rational + -ize. In the psychological sense of "to give an explanation that conceals true motives" it dates from 1922. Related: Rationalized; rationalizing.
1 : to bring into accord with reason or cause something to seem reasonable: such as
a : to substitute a natural for a supernatural explanation of
rationalize a myth
b : to attribute (one's actions) to rational and creditable motives without analysis of true and especially unconscious motives
rationalized his dislike of his brother
; broadly : to create an excuse or more attractive explanation for
rationalize the problem
2 : to free (a mathematical expression) from irrational parts
rationalize a denominator
3 : to apply the principles of scientific management to (something, such as an industry or its operations) for a desired result (such as increased efficiency)
: to provide plausible but untrue reasons for conduct