– “And if I stumble, grant me the courage to ask for help.”

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We take several pledges and oaths during our lifetime, a symbolic and public commitment to certain ideals and principles. For example, the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States expresses our commitment to our country and patriotism. Just about everyone in our government must take an oath to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States. Our wedding vows represent our commitment to our spouse. Even street gangs and organized crime allegedly have symbolic oaths binding their members to their groups, for better or worse.

As I have just completed my series of articles on “Stand Up for MORALITY,” I have been asked what kind of token gesture we should make to express our commitment to improving morality. I thought about this long and hard, whereby I devised the following pledge which is intended to recognize the impact of morality on society and define some basic values the general populace can subscribe to. The pledge is not based on religion, thereby making it universally applicable to anyone who understands the need to practice and promote morality in this country.

The Morality Pledge

I believe morality is a distinguishing characteristic of our culture. A society without morality is primitive and barbaric. I know I am not perfect but I will try to lead a virtuous life, not just for myself, but for my family, friends, community, and country. I will always try to do what is fair, equitable, honorable, or common sense under the circumstances. I will adhere to the laws, rules, regulations of the land, as well as the local customs, courtesies, and social norms. If I consider the laws, rules, and regulations immoral, I will endeavor to change them peacefully. It is my responsibility to become a positive role model, promote moral values, and urge others to develop a moral compass. I will recognize, and not ridicule, a person practicing a moral act, and will not accept the immoral behavior of others. I recognize humans are imperfect and make mistakes, but we should strive to improve our society, not destroy it. I may forgive a transgression, but I certainly will not forget and allow it to be repeated. I believe in the moral values of honesty, courtesy, respect, kindness, honor, loyalty, courage, integrity, dedication and pride in workmanship. I will do unto others as I would have others do unto me. I will respect my elders and those in superior position. I will help, aid, and assist all persons less fortunate, as I am able to. I will not wrong, cheat or defraud another. I will respect the property of others. I will work faithfully, professionally, and industriously for those employing my services. I will respect the dignity of the human spirit and treat people fairly and equitably. I will not do anything to bring dishonor to myself, my family, my community, my profession, and my country. I will endeavor to take responsibility for my actions and not become a burden on society. I recognize this will be a difficult task, but grant me the power to resist temptation and do what is right.

And if I stumble, grant me the courage to ask for help.

Something as simple as this pledge may have a profound effect on how morality is implemented in this country. Simply place your right hand over your heart, the sign of fidelity, raise your left hand, repeat the pledge, and express your commitment…. There, that wasn’t so bad was it?

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Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at [email protected]

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