Apr 082015

It seems apparent that congress and others (including myself, no doubt) could use some character education. The character Ed. movement continues to be prevalent in the schools but the elders seem to have strayed from some of its basic principles. Honesty, integrity, responsibility and caring are just three of the principles that are stressed through character Ed.. But there is more than meets the eye than the basic list of character traits. On the negative side, we see, all too often, self-righteousness to bad-mouth others in congress and beyond the walls of congress.


When I was sub teaching, I got in the habit of leaving rather extensive notes for the regular teacher, NOT leaving out mistakes I made that might have impacted the teacher-learner process. To admit mistakes, instead of covering up, is especially difficult in the work setting when your job could be at stake.


We all know that mistakes on both sides of the aisle have been covered up. You see this, in particular, when one is running for a big office, like president.


To quote Dr. Martin Luther King: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at moments of challenge and controversy.”


Don’t get me wrong, I have skirted the truth atgvarious times in my life. But thankfully, my conscience caught up with me, and I have regretted these moments greatly.


Returning to politics, the ability to dialogue and arrive at a point of reasonable compromise seems to be a lost art on Capitol Hill. I pray that this trend may turn around and that folks on in D.C. can stop regarding the political opposition as demons, but rather as normal human beings who bring their strengths and weaknesses to the workplace and to other areas of life.


Is winning more important than doing the right thing? I am sure if the late Dean Smith were asked that that question, he would answer with a resounding no.


Courage is another one of those character Ed. Traits. How many of us have the courage to speak honestly with our brothers and sisters, in a respectful manner?


Obviously, we have arrived at a point of moral crisis not only in the USA, but on the world stage, with terrorism rampant throughout the world. Terrorist organizations like ISIS cannot be fought if we ourselves are morally compromised.


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