I consider myself a man of honor. I live by one rule. “My word is my bond.”
According to my Roman Catholic Beliefs I have never committed a mortal sin. It is not easy to commit a mortal sin! In order to commit a mortal sin, three things must be in place, One, I must know it is a sin, Two, I must contemplate it. Three, I must commit it. I have committed many venial sins but none that possess the three requirements listed above. I live by this code. I do not do this for anyone else but only as a requirement of myself and my behavior.
I have never been with another man’s wife or even another man’s girlfriend although the temptation has challenged me many times. I do judge other people in regard to this sort of thing but I am disappointed in them if they engage in this sort of behavior. However I do not confront them with my feelings. I do not believe it is my place to voice my disapproval.
It is not a convenient policy, at all. As a matter of fact, it is damned inconvenient. One must weigh ones words carefully knowing that, if spoken, one is bound, by honor, to back these words up and fulfill the promise of ones stated intentions. If you take up this policy you will not be appreciated for it. To the contrary, you will be mocked and shunned for it. People will stop talking when I approach and not let you in on certain things because they know I disapprove.
If I borrow money and promised to pay it back on Monday, I will either pay it back on Monday or call on Sunday to inform my benefactor of a change in my ability. I do not owe any person or any company one penny. I find that people will respect you if you pay them the curtesy of keeping them in the loop. The worst thing you can do is to hide from a creditor. My credit score is 850!
I do not try to hold other people to this code, I simply eliminated anyone, from my life, who does not practice this code of honor! I do not have many friends. On the contrary, there are people who hate me for my beliefs and the fact that I expect them to keep their word. But, the friends I do have are good and true.
Why am I telling you this? Because I believe that if you follow the code of honor you will acquire a respect for yourself that is worth its weight in gold!
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