A Scout Is Trustworthy

This article is part one of a twelve part series on the Scout Law, discussing virtues that we, as men, need to uphold in order to rebuild an affluent society.

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” – George Washington

Since the dawn of mankind, honesty has been respected, sought after, and valued among people. Integrity has the Latin root “integritas”, the same root to the terms integer, intact, entirety, integral, and integrate. When we have trustworthiness or integrity, we are whole beings. Our conscience is at one with our actions. We feel better about ourselves and we carry a strength about us that others look up to. People around us look to men of integrity to be their leaders. In essence, in order to be the true alpha male of the group (AMOG), we need to be a man of integrity. Otherwise, distrust will breed a lack of loyalty among the followers around us, whether at work, among friends, or even within our family.  

An example

Abraham Lincoln was well known as a man of integrity.

Mary Todd Lincoln once wrote to a friend that “Mr. Lincoln . . . is almost monomaniac on the subject of honesty.”

The future president was first called “Honest Abe” when he was working as a young store clerk in New Salem, Ill. According to one story, whenever he realized he had shortchanged a customer by a few pennies, he would close the shop and deliver the correct change-regardless of how far he had to walk.

People recognized his integrity and were soon asking him to act as judge or mediator in various contests, fights, and arguments. According to Robert Rutledge of New Salem, “Lincoln’s judgment was final in all that region of country. People relied implicitly upon his honesty, integrity, and impartiality.”

To this present day, I feel like I fall short in being honest with my fellow man. I was fortunate that I could look to my father who is known to be a man who goes out of his way to be honest in his dealings with others. While I am not perfect, I can see the influence that that example has had on me. Had I not been so lucky, I suppose I could have looked elsewhere in society. Sadly, those examples are being drowned out by the plethora of media showing how to get rich quick by cheating and swindling.

Don’t be afraid to call a spade a spade

Today’s society is being crippled in that a person calling out degenerate behavior is usually shunned more aggressively than the person actually engaging in it.

Is it hate that kills or is it AIDS that kills?

Words are words, they may hurt feelings, but what they do is persuade some one sitting on the fence one way or another. Sitting there with disapproval, but afraid to say something because someone will take offense not only creates a discontinuity withing yourself, it allows a dishonest rhetoric to flourish. “We have been lied to” was the common rhetoric following shortly after Nazi Germany fell in WW2. People claimed they didn’t know about the gas chambers. Right now, we as a society are allowing dishonest behavior such as gay marriage, debt being shifted to the younger generation, and feminism propagate throughout.

A word about a disrespectful opponents

If she chants and pulls the fire alarm, shutting down your peaceful seminar on men’s rights, she deserves similar treatment.

Not all people are worthy of your best behavior. People lie to you, lie about you, and lie on your behalf. Should those people deserve respectful behavior from you? Not at all. The Palestinian who sends a suicide bomber should not be subject to the Geneva convention. I suppose if we go to war with Australia, that would be a different story. In any form of combat, whether physical or verbal, the lowest common denominator should set the rules of engagement.

Do what you say, say what you do

On a more personal level, we need to have a deeper level of integrity. Instead of the “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” attitude, we need to behave in the same manner as if our Grandma is looking over our shoulder. Not only will we feel more whole as a person, we will foster trust and leadership qualities among our community, and strengthen our entire society.

 

Author: Jim Johnson

As a man in his early 40's, I grew up on a dairy farm in an irreligious home. Disgusted with the choice of women out there, I looked into religion to find a worthwhile mate. At 23, I joined the LDS (Mormon) faith, married, became a civil engineer, and now have six children. My favorite things are puppies, long walks on the beach, and the color blue (not really).

  • AutomaticSlim

    “…we need to behave in the same manner as if our Grandma is looking over our shoulder.”

    Good choice with the Grandma. Mine was a very sweet lady. Her daughter (may her soul rot in hell) was an evil, shrieking harpy. Sometimes decency and kindness skips a generation.

    • Iattacku

      Are you talking about your mom or auntie

      • AutomaticSlim

        Mother. She was evil.
        My aunt (her sister), on the other hand, was just plain nuts.

        • Iattacku

          Was she that bad

          • AutomaticSlim

            Yeah. Controlling, manipulative, narcissistic, spiteful, etc..
            Try to picture the TV characters Livia Soprano and Marie Barone combined into one person. She even concocted a plan with my sister to spite me after death. Good riddance.

            • MCGOO

              Aaah. I’m only speculating here, but Mother sounds like she was stuck in a perpetual speech loop, regurgitating sitcom lines from some sort of character that triggered activity in her inactive hindbrain. She wanted to appear animated but had no base personality to draw from. She could only roll out lines that sounded like they were out of some cackling drama or slapstick TV show. With her damaged dead brain, it was the only way she could appear living to the outside world, but likely head pills are enough to lower her mind to that state. She floats through existance similar to the ‘omg’ textese social media drones who vegetate otherwise. Take away her induced mediaesque personna leaving her speechless, and she breaks down into a broken heap of mental arrest and failure.

              I knew a miserable older woman similar to this who had a ‘perma scowl’ kind of like the bulldog face that Vicki Lawrence constantly made on Mama’s Family. This woman could never speak of anything meaningful. She roved around the house grumbling, always rolling out the same idiotic lines like they were scripted from some TV sitcom. She lacked her own original personality. She was a big zero. She was hopelessly stuck in this media character matrix and lived day after day henpecking others around her to keep their asses wiped even though ass wiping goes without saying. But still she pounded on the bathroom door at you “Don’t forget to wipe your a . . . yada yada”. A fucking broken record she was. Jesus. Yeah I know the type.

              Damaged was the word. The crux is that women like this never get or got enough physical feedback. And boy did they need it. A slapstick comedy show always has quick payback in physical form. On the Three Stooges, you learn how funny it is when person A gets their foot stepped on by B, and they in turn punch C. Yeah it’s funny and makes sense to a DINGBAT who applies the logic seriously to domestic situations. Like I said, totally trapped in a matrix of make believe lala land.

              These women really REALLY hunger for physical feedback. What they needed was a brutal twizzle followed by an atomic wedgie you know. And they lacked the gruel of a march for survival in the wilderness or the desert. No amount of laying on a shrink’s couch can give that. Yeah that’s what they needed. And they needed regular nasty spanky from daddy, nasty and brutally physical that would try the limits of their sedate comfort zone and get their circulation optimized. That would make them spit up and retire the bottle of head pills for sure.

              • AutomaticSlim

                ” I’m only speculating here, but Mother sounds like she was stuck in a perpetual speech loop…”

                Nah, she was just a witch, plain and simple.
                Hated males too. In fact, one of the only males I ever saw her take a shine to was a gay cousin. She always resented the hell out of my father. Its no wonder he stayed away as much as he could. I think a lot of the crap she pulled with me as a little kid, the yelling, the name calling, the bullying and such, stemmed from her resentment. Like I said above, good riddance.

            • bem

              Its a lucky man who’s mom is dead.

              • AutomaticSlim

                Yup!

  • 0bsoleteMan

    Your word has to mean something.

  • bem

    Jim I like this idea, revisiting the points of the Scout’s Oath. Even though that once-esteemed organization had become corrupted there’s no reason to turn our back on those still salient principals which were its foundation.

    • It’s an old habit. I spent my life trying not to be unprepared– women and children can be unprepared, but not men.

      • bem

        I have a sentimental weakness for Jim, so I spoil him.

  • Jim Johnson

    Arrggh….I need to pay better attention on the weekends on when my articles come out.

    • Jak

      Well it didn’t help that the article posted under a pile of older articles for some reason. I had to finally delete it a repost it in the evening.