January 28, 2019
No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion; it is an evil government.
I am grateful that we have reopened the government and will provide hundreds of thousands of good people the opportunity to go on with their lives. Let us hope that the madness of the last month are behind us and decent people will no longer be held hostage to those who no longer know how to govern.
There is something inherently wrong with making hard working good people suffer through no fault of their own. I just hope we will no longer tolerate the lack of compassion that we just experienced.
As outlined in the following essay most people are decent and we need to appreciate them.
We Are The Decent People
Wilferd A. Peterson
We are the decent people of the world. We are in the majority, for men and women are essentially decent. We live in all nations, we live under all the flags that fly.
Decency is not determined by our economic status, our religion, the language we speak, the color of our skin, or the ideology under which we live. Human decency is a universal quality.
We, the decent people of the world, often have our voices drowned out by the shouts of leaders who misrepresent the things for which we stand.
We the decent people carry enough weight to tip the scale for decency if we will make ourselves heard…
We believe that war is the great indecency, that it kills and destroys all the higher sensibilities of man and leaves only death, suffering, and destruction in its wake.
We believe that this is a beautiful universe and that it is made for love and not for hate; for peace and not war; for freedom and not slavery; for order and not riot; for compassion and not violence; for happiness and not misery.
We believe that there is only one war to be waged in the name of human decency, and that is the war against all the common enemies of man… hunger, disease, poverty, ignorance, crime and failure.
We believe that every child should have the chance to grow up in an atmosphere of faith, not of fear.
We believe that the ultimate decency is to help men and never harm men, to lift men and not degrade men, and to respect the dignity of all men as individual human beings.
We the decent people of the world stand for the kind of life that will be good for all of the people, all of the time, everywhere.”
Aspire to decency. Practice civility toward one another. Admire and emulate ethical behavior wherever you find it. Apply a rigid standard of morality to your lives; and if, periodically, you fail as you surely will adjust your lives, not the standards.
Two advertising executives were having lunch and talking. The young exec trainee said to the older, wiser man, “Where has Ben Harris been hanging out? I haven’t seen him for a while.”
The senior exec replied, “Haven’t you heard? Ben Harris went to that great ad agency in the sky.”
“Good Lord,” replied the junior man, “You’re kidding me, right?
What did he have?”
“Oh, nothing much,” replied the elder exec. “A small toothpaste account and a couple of discount stores, but nothing much worth going after.”
Save the whales. Collect the whole set.
A minister of a church loved peach brandy. One of his congregants would make him a bottle each Christmas. One year, when the minister went to visit his friend, hoping for his usual Christmas present, he was not disappointed as he unwrapped the homemade brandy. However, his friend told him that he had to thank him for the peach brandy from the pulpit the next Sunday.
So the next Sunday the minister suddenly remembered that he had to make a public announcement that he was being supplied alcohol from a member of the church. That morning, his friend sat in the church with a grin on his face, waiting to see the minister’s embarrassment.
The minister climbed into the pulpit and said, “Before we begin, I have an announcement. I would very much like to thank my friend, Joe, for his kind gift of peaches… and for the spirit in which they were given!”
A sign posted on the wall of an Army mess read: “Don’t Waste Food–Food will win the war.”
Beneath someone had written: That’s fine, but how do we get the enemy to eat it?
When I need a suit, my wife and I go to the store. The salesman and my wife make selections from the rack. I try them on. My wife and the salesman discuss the fit, remarking on the fullness, thinness or any asymmetry of my body. The jacket and pants are pulled, tucked, pleated and bunched in assessing the need for tailoring.
Once a suit is chosen, my wife and the store’s tailor repeat the fitting procedure and then negotiate a date when the suit will be ready.
On leaving the store, I may talk if I wish.
To learn from your mistakes you have to admit you make them.
One Class of ’92 buddy of mine had filled out their classmates.com profile form with this information:
Marital Status: Not Good
Wife’s Name: Plaintiff
“Law of Everything”
Five Jews changed the way we see the world :
Moses said: “The Law is everything.”
Jesus said: “Love is everything.”
Marx said: “Money is everything.”
Freud said: “Sex is everything.”
Then came Einstein….
He said: “Everything is relative!”
Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
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