Ladies and Gentlemen,
As I was listening to Glen Beck’s program last night he made a very astute and substantive observation. “We do not have a economic crisis” he said, “we have a crisis of truth.” “No one believes anyone anymore”. The public does not believe the press, they do not believe politicians, they do not believe their supervisors, the managers of companies, they don’t even believe their religious leaders and they certainly don’t believe each other. “Why,” Beck asked, “is that so?” People are most probably no more dishonest now than they have been in the past on average. What has so changed in civilization that would account for this state of affairs.
Beck believes and I think he is right that the crisis of honesty began when people lost sight of the importance of ones “Sacred Honor”. Our forefathers, those who signed the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, their liberty, their fortunes and their Sacred Honor to the cause in which they were engaged, the nativity of a new nation. They knew that of all the things they could sacrifice their honor was without a doubt the most important thing they possessed. Fortunes come and go, life is tenuous at best but honor lives on after death. It is the real inheritance we pass on to our posterity. It goes to the heart of who and what we really are.
Today there is no or little Sacred Honor. People lie and cheat everyday. They make promises they don’t keep, make commitments they don’t honor, and they do it with malice aforethought. Integrity is a word that most people can’t even define. The best definition of Integrity is “what you do when you’re sure no one is looking.” Today most people don’t care who’s looking, they do whatever “feels good” thanks to the children raised under the auspices of Dr. Spock. (Now there’s a man with a lot of explaining to do) Many people have no concept of a “Higher Authority” and chaff at any restrictions on what they consider their many and innumerable rights.
So how does when develop this concept of Sacred Honor. I don’t think this is necessarily hard, but it may in some cases engender a complete about face in some peoples perspective. As with any change one must first accept and admit that one needs to change. If you are living without honor you need to understand what that looks like.
So, if you allow others to work so that you can live off their labor-not honorable. If you cheat your employer by not doing your job and slacking off while other have to pick up your slack-not honorable. If your parenting skills run to getting pregnant and then dumping your kids on you parents-not honorable. If you take out loans that you know you can’t pay and then default just to do it again-not honorable. If you have sex without precautions and then kill that which you created-not honorable.
I could go on all day, but I won’t (you’re welcome)
Then once you have admitted you need to change then you have to actually do something. I realize that not many people have expected you to actually do something in this life but unfortunately in this case action is essential. Stop slacking off, stop living off the labor of others, stop lying, cheating, stealing, don’t take drugs, smoke, over eat. Go to church, volunteer, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give blood, vote or a million other things. There is so much good to do in the world that if we all simply just did something we could wipe out hunger, poverty and disease or at least get them under control.
Most of all, say what you mean and mean what you say. If you abhor violence then don’t commit it. Don’t burn building in a “just” cause, don’t kill babies because they’re inconvenient. Take responsibility for your own behavior. You are in charge of you. NO ONE ELSE can make the right decisions for you. It also wouldn’t hurt if you read some history so you wouldn’t make the same mistakes others did in the past.
I know, there’s a worm in every apple. Such is life.