- Don’t be your own tyrant.
- Don’t be your own calamity.
- Do be your own comedian.
- Do keep rockin’.
- Do die gloriously and without embarrassment.
- See relevance in all things.
- See the world as it is not.
- Reevaluate life’s purpose.
- No stealing Nature’s thunder.
- No cheatin’ the game, playah.
Tried and true, the following are the Boy Scout’s Law/Oath, Gene Autry’s Cowboy Code, and Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues presented here for no other reason than to remind all of you out there to follow the path to self-actualization even in light of the occasional falter.
Scouting Law/Oath (with some additions):
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent, responsible, knowledgeable, skillful, organized, wise, and keeps himself physically strong, mentally alert, and morally straight.
Gene Autry’s Cowboy Code:
- The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
- He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
- He must always tell the truth.
- He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
- He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
- He must help people in distress.
- He must be a good worker.
- He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.
- He must respect women, parents, and his nation’s laws.
- The Cowboy is a patriot.
Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues:
- Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
- Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
- Order: Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
- Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
- Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
- Industry: Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
- Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
- Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
- Moderation: Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
- Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
- Tranquillity: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
- Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
- Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
There you have it.
BE and behave.