Starts with Memo Number: 2
I must say, I’ve always felt indebted to the man who invented the literary device known as a chapter. I don’t know who he was, but he had a great idea. A new chapter gives a writer a wonderful feeling of excitement and buoyancy and optimism.
Now it’s time to discuss the specific things that each can do to make ourselves more honest than we are. And this really deserves a new chapter, because it requires some thought and effort and self-honesty.
Some chapters you can read quickly; other you can read slowly; still, other you should read twice.
Maybe this next chapter is one you should read twice.
BLOW THE DUST OF YOU STANDARDS:
The answer is that is simple: you begin with yourself.
And are six things to do, starting today.
- TAKE A MORAL INVENTORY:
You might be asking yourself, with grim honesty, whether your moral standards are higher or lower than they were five years ago.
Do you condone things-on the grounds of liberalism or sophistication-that you would have condemned in your more idealistic days?
Have you become so accustomed to little distortions of that truth, to minor acts of dishonesty, that you are hardly aware of them anymore?
Sometimes it helps to review with ruthlessness your moral performance in the chief areas of the living-your job, your marriage, your social life, your relationship with your children.
- FIND AND USE MORAL YARDSTICK:
“Behind a great deal of our modern immortality,” writes my distinguished colleague Harry Emerson Fosdick, “is not so much downright badness as sincere confusion as to what is right.”
The great German thinker, Immanuel Kant, offered as a guide to moral his Categorical Imperative: always act as if your action becomes a universal principle to be used by all men. Yet what is this but the Golden rule in fancy clothing?
- USE THOUGHT-CONTROL:
All actions good or bad, start with the thought. If you can block the thought that leads to a dishonest deed, you will block the deed itself. Because you break the chain of cause-effect that leads to the deed.
The moving fingers write; and having writ,
Moves on; nor all your piety nor wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.
In this realm of morals, what the moving finger writes is up to you. if people would just stop to think of the endless consequences that one wrong decision can have, they would be a lot of less likely to leap before they look.
- SPEAK OUT:
The fourth thing you can do to strengthen of honesty is to speak out forcibly against dishonesty wherever you come into contact with it.
Sometimes you have to do more than merely speak out-you have to take decisive action. All often people seem to be paralyzed. When confronted with criminal acts of injustice or violence. Something in them turns away. They don’t want to get involved.
- BE PREPARED FOR SOME MOMENTS OF LONELINESS:
If your loneliness is the result of some difficult but honourable choice, He knows about it and loves you for it. Not only that, there are always people who admire right doing and support it in their hearts, even though they are silent.
All this because of one person had the courage to speak out and endure the loneliness-the awful, though temporary loneliness of being in the right.
- DEMAND THE HIGHEST ETHICAL PERFORMANCE OF YOURSELF:
The individual must set up his own standards and must set them high-this is the theme of this book. an only you, as an individual, can do it. the preacher can preach, the writer can write, the moralist can exhort. But nothing will happen unless the individual says to himself,
I choose the higher path.
I choose a more difficult goal.
Of my own free will, I choose it.
“choose you this day.” says the Bible, “Whom ye will serve.” Will it be good, or will it be evil?