scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Remember, it's his first hoax
Marc Godbout (godbout@LANCAST.COM
Wed Nov 17 1999 - 13:04:50 CST
> -----Original Message-----
> From: CHUCK BRAMLET [mailto:chuckb@AZTEC.ASU.EDU]
> To paraphrase something that I was taught as a
> child, before saying anything, put it to the three-way test.
> 1. Is it nice?
> 2. Is it necessary?
> 3. Would Baden-Powell say it?
Chuck brought up some good points in his post, and I'd like to add an
additional, related, thought. Every once in a while I see a similar
saying, "What would Jesus do?", to help decide what's the right thing to
do. That's a good goal to strive for, but probably not too realistic,
because, as hard as I try, I don't think I could ever achieve divinity.
And for non-Christians, it might not be appropriate. Similar to Chuck's
rule #3 - I never met Baden-Powell, so it's hard for me to apply that
What works better for me is another, more realistic (at least to me),
test; Would I do/say (not do/not say) it if a scout were watching me?
For example, if I'm late for something and am tempted to drive a little
faster than the law allows; would I do it if there were scouts in the
back seat? Or it's a real nice day out and calling in sick would allow
me the time to get a few things done; would I make that call during a
patrol meeting? And more to the original subject, if someone posts a
really bone-headed message (and I'm not referring at all to the hoax
thing - really), fully deserving of a good tongue lashing or creative
flame; would I compose that return message and send a copy to my troop's
I know I don't always pass that test, but I also know I have changed
some habits for the better because of it. Maybe, instead of divinity, I
should just strive to be a good example to the scouts, even when they're
not there to watch me?
Just a thought.
SMA - Venture, Troop 98