Friday, June 22, 2012

What Happened to American Values?

Boy Scout Oath
An oath is a solemn promise, often invoking a divine witness, regarding one's future action or behavior. Here is the Oath of a Boy Scout:

"On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country. And to obey the Scout Law. 
To help other people at all times; 
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. So help me God."

They actually dropped "So help me God" a while back, but you should get the idea.

Scout Law
Boy Scout's pledge to follow the Scout Law, as follows:
A Scout is:

  • Trustworthy: A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
  • Loyal: A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.
  • Helpful: A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.
  • Friendly: A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.
  • Courteous: A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
  • Kind: A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.
  • Obedient: A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.
  • Cheerful: A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
  • Thrifty: A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
  • Brave: A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.
  • Clean: A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.
  • Reverent: A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

Where are these American values in this the 21st century? Why are these things being forsaken? Don't they promote the kind of things that make society a good place to live?

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