Since I am new to blogging, I decided to sign up for the Daily Post’s writing 101 class. Here is my first assignment:
A True Saint
In 300 years, if you were to be named the patron saint of X, what would you like X to be? Places, activities, objects — all are fair game.
Here is my writing sample:
In 300 years, from 2014, I would like to be named the patron saint of Integrity. Why Integrity? Because without integrity, this world would be an even worse place to live and raise a family. As it is, in the past 2000 years since Christ died on the cross for our sins, civilizations have been ravaged by the cruelty and callousness of mankind. My dad used to have a college sweatshirt with a saying on it that read “I love mankind, it’s humans I cannot stand.” That sentiment is why I would want to be the patron saint of Integrity.
Integrity means you do what you say you’re going to do, and “doing it because it is the RIGHT thing to do.” Not because someone is looking or someone is going to follow-up on you. You do it because there is no other choice but to. If we cannot do what is right when no one is watching, or no one is given us congratulations and kudos for our efforts, then this world is doomed to a far greater suffering than has already been meted out at the hands of humans.
Humans are the species that is the most damaging to this planet. God gave us the Earth and all that is in it when He commanded Adam and Eve to leave the garden of Eden. He said for us to be “stewards” of the earth and to “care for” all the creatures he put in it. He even let Adam give names to all the animals and created beings God made. He intended that we use the earth and it’s resources for the good of all – humans and animals alike.
Yet, what do we have? We have poverty on an unprecedented scale; we have liars and beggars and cheats for leaders of our nations; we have starving children over 90% of the world’s countries – even in the richest of nations, many children are left alone and hungry daily. We have a climate that has undoubtedly changed as a result of what we humans have done to it. We have people in charge of the lives of our citizens who would rather spend time pocketing the perks of their office then provide a level of leadership that rises above the current economic situation.
We have folks in charge who have no integrity. They do not do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. A good example of that is what is happening to America’s veterans. These men and women gave their very bodies to protect our freedom and right to enjoy a reasonable safe life wherein our liberties are guaranteed. And in return for their sacrifice of their time with their families, and the sacrifice of their physical bodies, we put them on a secret “wait list” that caused them to not receive the treatment they needed, desperately, in a timely manner…and they died. Not serving their country, but waiting on their country to take care of them after they sacrificed for it and for us.
That is a lack of integrity that allowed those in leadership, not only at the VA, but also at the other governmental agencies who were either responsible for drafting those 50+ reports, and for the President himself, who is the Commander-in-Chief. No integrity means soldiers lose their lives after losing their limbs, minds, and spirits all the while having sacrificed it all for a country and leaders that failed them.
If in some small measure, or way, I can show the world that you can mean and do what you say, because it is the right thing to do, maybe my example would lead to a campaign of “pay it forward” in demonstrating behavior that is befitting a patron saint of Integrity.
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