Growing up I read a many books about knights, soldiers and other famous people and always admired many of them for their devotion to duty. But what does this mean today, what are your responsibilities? The most obvious one is be a good citizen. I have always been a bit perplexed by this one, cause I am not sure what it means. It assumes that one most likely shouldn’t start any quarels and not promote problems or at a minimum attempt to resolve them. How does this work in the context of knights and soldiers? Well to me, knights held honor above all else and would do whatever it takes to keep their honor. What does that entail one might ask? It’s actually rather straight forward.
The reason I say this is because in today’s society it is easy to have low standards for all things, you don’t have to be smart, you don’t have to work hard, you can be a slob, you can be a jerk and apparently that is okay. Just watch tv it is abhorent how many people act rather disgraceful on it and people laugh about it. My goodness, where do people get the guile to act this way?
I am here to tell you that it is okay to have high standards and expect others to have them too. It is okay to be smart and show your intellect. How else would one drag other people up if you don’t show what you are made off. Be involved with civic groups, go to church and be involved, help your neighbours with things, volunteer with activities, all of these things are good and should be encouraged. A former colleague wrote on my going away letter, “If not you then who?” To this day I hold that dear and would encourage people to have the same courage to do the same.