A Man Of Honor

04/25/2014 — 5 Comments


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!

Kip Addotta


Uncle Kippy

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5 responses to A Man Of Honor

  1. When one reaches a certain age you damn well better follow the code. There is no excuse. .I sacrifice much for other people especially my family. I made a commitment before GOD and honor it. I believe our life here on earth is an audition for our souls to enter the Kingdom of GOD. There are few people I associate with. Kip Addotta is one of them because he lives by the code. I will disagree with Kip that those are “Roman Catholic” beliefs. They are provided by GOD when we were created in his image. Spiritual image, not physical.No man created religion can take credit or assert control over them.

  2. Tommy Joseph 04/25/2014 at 21:58

    Kip, I know you are a man of honor who lives by his code. That does not stop me from finding humor in your comments. You can’t help it. You’re a funny man. Sometimes the harder we try to be serious, the funnier we get. I am talking about myself, but it applies to you as well.

    When you said, “It is not easy to commit a mortal sin” – that was funny. “Three things have to be in place.” Sounds like a drill instructor at a boot camp for people who want to learn how to sin.

    It also has a legal ring to it. “Your honor, my client is innocent. We all know that in order for my client to be guilty, 3 things had to be in place that night……..”

    #1. It is not a sin if you don’t know it. That’s the temporary insanity defense.

    #2. It is not a sin if you don’t contemplate it. That’s the non-premeditated murder defense.

    #3. It is a sin if you commit it, but it doesn’t count if #1 and #2 are not in place. Sounds pretty much like being a serial killer is about the only way to commit a mortal sin these days.

    Your words are sincere and serious and I agree with them. That doesn’t mean they’re not funny. Being funny is not a mortal sin. Even if it were, we’d let you off in this case, because there was no premeditation and you did not contemplate it. Case dismissed.

    The Right Honorable Reverend Dr. Circuit Judge Thomas Edward Joseph

  3. Excellent!

    “Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.”

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