Last night I left off with this line…It’s important to our own sanity and serenity that we make our decisions and pick our actions based on VALUES AND PRINCIPLES and that we affiliate ourselves with others who share those values and principles.
“FAKING” it by making choices based on interests then affiliating with others who make the same choices and then fabricating values or principles to rationalize our choices corrodes our integrity and self-esteem. Worse yet, rationalizing means we’ll continue saying things we don’t believe and concocting explanations FOR HOW WE’VE ‘EVOLVED’ on issues. Worst of all, we have to know “I wouldn’t want me for a friend.
Individually and collectively, common decency demands we behave consistently and dependably. I’d like to believe JOHN KENNEDY DIDN’T FIRST TAKE A POLL AND CONVENE A SERIES OF PHARMACEUTICALLY ENHANCED MEETINGS IN SOME FACULTY LOUNGE AND THEORIZE ABOUT THE RELATIVE COSTS AND REWARDS WHEN HE SAID: “LET EVERY NATION KNOW, WHETHER IT WISHES US WELL OR ILL, THAT WE SHALL PAY ANY PRICE, BEAR AND BURDEN, MEET ANY HARDSHIP, SUPPORT ANY FRIEND, OPPOSE ANY FOE TO ASSURE THE SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS OF LIBERTY.”
He didn’t say we’d “TRY” until we ran out of enthusiasm or the pools changed. He didn’t say we’d try for a year or two but if it didn’t go our way, we’d curl up, come home, and suck our thumbs.
Few, if any, of us participate in such weighty choices but our individual choices are equally important to those around us. We have made commitments and have responsibilities for ourselves and others who depend on us. It may be as simple as choosing to pay the rent rather than get a new tattoo or it may be as complex as declining an “innocent” drink-after-work proposition. IF WE’RE STOPPING TO CONCOCT A RATIONALIZATION OR PONDERING WHETHER WE’LL GET CAUGHT, THEN WE’RE MAKING BAD DECISIONS AND IT’S TIME TO SWITCH FROM INTERESTS TO VALUES AND PRINCIPLES. Having failed isn’t a reason to give up: TRYING ISN’T AN OPTION.
By Ken Frederic in The Eastern Gazette, 8-29-14………………………………………………………
SIMPLY PUT, WE CAN’T CHANGE ANYONE ELSE, BUT IF WE HAVE FORGOTTEN OUR PRINCIPLES AND VALUES, AND MORALS, THEN IT IS TIME TO RETHINK HOW WE ARE LIVING AND CHANGE OUR SELVES. We, each of us, need to stop agreeing to things we know are wrong, and even evil, and put our foot down and say, this is not right or maybe even, this is a SIN. REMEMBER, IF EACH ONE OF US STANDS UP FOR WHAT WE TRULY BELIEVE, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD. We can also make sure our children know the difference between what is truly right and truly wrong. THE ONLY WAY FOR EVIL TO TRIUMP IS FOR GOOD TO DO NOTHING.