Sunday, February 22, 2009

I admit it, I'm a dweeb, a pollyanna, an optimist.

I was just sitting here thinking about the need to re-moralize business in America, the goal of rebuilding trust based on shared values, the dire need to get everyone to commit to honesty, honor, doing the right thing. And memories of the Boy Scout oath came to mind. And, for a fleeting moment, I imagined morning on Wall Street, all the traders and analysts and reporters and onlookers stopping for a moment, not to ring bells and hype the action, but to join together in reciting this oath. Why not?


Scott Crawford said...

A friend and reader sent along an email this morning with more great favorite creeds and codes from the era of The Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers. Thanks Randy. Enjoy.


I believe to have a friend, a man must be one.

That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself
the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there, but, that every man must gather and
light it himself.

In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally, to fight when
necessary for that which is right.

That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

That this "government, of the people, by the people, and for the
people," shall live always.

That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

That sooner or later...somewhere...somehow... we must settle with the
world and make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone, lives on forever.

I believe in my Creator, my country, and my fellow man.


The highest badge of honor a person can wear is honesty. Be
mindful at all times

Your parents are the best friends you have. Listen to them and
obey their instructions.

If you want to be respected, you must respect others. Show good
manners in every way.

Only through hard work and study can you succeed. Don't be lazy.

Your good deeds will always come to light. So, don't boast or be a showoff.

If you waste time or money today, you will regret it tomorrow.
Practice thrift in all ways.

Many animals are good and loyal companions. Be friendly and kind to them.

A strong, healthy body is a precious gift. Be neat and clean.

Our country's laws are made for your protection. Observe them carefully.

Children in many foreign lands are less fortunate than you. Be
glad and proud you are an American.


A cowboy never takes unfair advantage -- even of an enemy.

A cowboy never betrays a trust. He never goes back on his word.

A cowboy always tells the truth.

A cowboy is kind and gentle to small children, old folks, and animals.

A cowboy is free from racial and religious intolerances

A cowboy is always helpful when someone is in trouble.

A cowboy is always a good worker.

A cowboy respects womanhood, his parents and his nation's laws.

A cowboy is clean about his person in thought, word, and deed.

A cowboy is a Patriot.


I will be brave, but never careless.

I will obey my parents. They DO know best.

I will be neat and clean at all times.

I will be polite and courteous.

I will protect the weak and help them.

I will study hard.

I will be kind to animals and care for them.

I will respect my flag and country.

I will attend my place of worship regularly.

edwardboches said...

original post is an interesting idea. would make a great tv spot. everyone comes out of buildings and does oath. vo asks what ever happened?
edward boches

John Ettorre said...

Good for you, Scott. Being a boy scout, both in life and in one's profession, is the best long-term path to success, however inconvenient it may be in the short-term. Doing the right thing always pays off in life. It's just not always so readily apparent to those without the ability to see their future more than a week ahead.