August 13, 2012

Does Character Really Matter?

It's a fair question, especially in today's political climate.

Consider the phrases some politicians use to defend the indefensible and excuse the inexcusable:

"Mistakes were made"
"Plausible deniability"
"No controlling legal authority"
"It's above my pay grade"

Too many blithely 'reframe' lapses in character as simple errors in judgement. It's really not their fault, they imply, because well, everybody makes mistakes.

And we go along with it!

We feel politics is like a spectator (albeit, a blood) sport.
We feel we're consigned to root for 'our' side every 2 or 4 years, and obligated to excuse the damage done when 'our' side is caught with hands in the cookie jar.

We may think politics can't affect us directly or that we certainly can't affect it. Besides, as long as pols throw benefits and breaks our way too, everybody comes out even, right?

Wrong. Much more is at stake today: the futures of our children and grandchildren. This cannot continue.

85% of all college students think cheating is essential to get ahead. And over 60% of them do.

95% of college cheaters started in high school.
And 15% of them see nothing wrong with it!

And no wonder. The values of presidents, politicians and pop figures are on display for all to see. They have been trickling-down and eating away at the character of our young people for years.
Today's pop culture merely reflects the rot.

So, does character really matter?
You bet your sweet country it does.

ps: See what Booker T. had to say about honesty here

Points to Ponder

"Wrong is wrong no matter
who does it or who says it."

~ Malcolm X

"I make it a rule to read a chapter,
or at least a verse,
of the Bible every day."

~ Booker T. Washington

"God did not call me to be successful.
God called me to be faithful."

~ Mother Theresa

"Character is revealed through action."
~ Aristotle

"Your convictions determine your character,
and your character determines your conduct"

~ Scott Slocum

 Aug 24, 2012

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