A Scout's View of Honor et al
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Sun, 9 Oct 1994 22:47:33 -0400
In some off-line discussions I've had with a few on the list, we've
pondered what goes through the mind of a young teen. How do they see things?
What do things like "Trustworthy" mean? What motivates? I promised to
put on the List some exerpts from a Scout's essay on the subject of Honor.
The words and ideas are his own:
HONOR, TRUST, LIES & CHEATING
Honor is a very important and almost sacred element in our lives. Without
honor corruption and cheating would be unstoppable. Although this world is
seething with evil it is still a place where anybody can expect to be
treated as another person merely because they can be trusted. Look at
banks or pharmacies - the customers of these institutions trust the teller
or pharmacist with their money and medicine.
Without trust, honor and trust the world would not function in a
civilized way. If people always doubted other people then nobody could
trust anybody with anything. People who lie are like little specks of
dirt on the parts of a car engine who b lying or cheating mess up the
whole "honor system." One example of the "honor system" is the offering
baskets at a religious place. A dishonest person could quite easily take
money from the basket, but everyone trusts each other to only put money in.
Another example of the "honor system" is the candy boxes that the Easter
Seals people put in stores. They trust people to put in a dime for every
piece of candy that they take.
In any profession today you could easily lose your job for lying or
cheating. It is only because of Honor, truthfullness, and trustworthiness
that people can get along with each other. In a workplace people have to
trust the other people that they work with to get the job done. If they
can't trust the people they work with then nothing gets done because people
can't rely on each other to get what they have to get done, done.
Another important aspect of honesty is that people like to be able to trust
one another. Friendship, in most cases, derives from one person trusting
the other and therefore liking that other person. Trust is also important
in a family. Family members need to be able to trust each other so that
they can get along. All families have trust between family members.
. . . Another important thing about honesty is that if someone lies,
cheats, or something else dishonest, then they will have a sense of guilt.
. . .
. . . Anybody with a clear conscience will be bound to feel better about
themself. Anybody who feels better about themself will do whatever -
fight, write, sing, type, play, run, etc., better. People with a clear
conscience are the ones who do well on earth. The ones who feel guilty are
the ones who are depressed and end up taking their own life; Except for
Politicians! The only people who benefit by lying are Politians. Their
job is to lie to the people do some stuff for the first hundred days and
then for the rest of their four years they sit around trying to get
Even the badmen of the old West disliked cheating in a card game. When
someone was caught cheating in a card game he was usually shot. Ever since
the beginning of time cheating has been ill-favored. In School a teacher can
send you to the office with an administrative referal for cheating, in the
Naval academy you will be expelled for cheating or lying. . . .
. . .It stands to reason that since nobody likes a liar then there is
nothing to gain from dishonesty. The truth is always better then the
dishonest falsehoods created by a pathetic liar. When you tell the truth
people will only like your more. And the more that you tell the truth, the
better your concience will be and the wiser your decisions. By telling
the truth and being a friendly person you could quite concievebly do to do
because goodwill will always prevail over dishonesty. . . .
. . .Our civilization is built on a foundation of honesty. It is
because of honesty that people can work together. . . .
. . . The most important honesty is that to oneself. If someone can not be
honest to themself then they won't have any self-esteem. Self-esteem is
the most important thing you have. With self- esteem, integrity and a
clear concience they you can trust other people. And if you trust other
people they will trust you. Trust is like a Tennis match both people get a
chance to serve. Honesty between two people will bring them friendship and
then the world will be less one unhappy person.
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The author is a 13 year old Star Scout, who liked the idea of posting
some of his thoughts, but was a little unsure of identifying himself.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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