Wednesday, 17 December 2008

A Knights Code- A Long Journey- Part 4

"Do nothing to hurt or offend anyone else"

Hurting and offending others is just a wrong and hateful thing to do. Yes it is much easier to be hateful and rude but you shouldn't as a Scout because you are held to a higher standard of ethical and moral behavior. If you are following this high standard of behavior then you should not be willing hurt others just for the pleasure of the experience. As Knights, Knights were trusted by the common people to protect them and therefore had no room to hurt or offend anyone because they were in a position of power. In a position of power Knights realized they needed act friendly and courteous to everyone, no matter what their personal opinion was about that person. Personal opinions can be held even if they are negative and disrespectful as long as you don't take out that negative opinion on a person.

Scouting has the same standard as knights. In scouting we are placed in a position of power and responsibility that makes it very important for Scouts to behave in a courteous and friendly manner. For with these two important behaviors you would be a very cruel person in the world. Being friendly and courteous to everyone is not just a idea but is the expectation of each and every scout. Yes you will not get along with everyone you meet and yes there are differences in the world but it still does not give you the right to not be friendly or couteous to others. Don't rely on the double standard of people disrespecting you deserve disrespect. This standard of behavior will not get you very far in life because you are just falling into a cycle of peer pressure that is impossible to break unless someone is willing to take a stand.

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

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