…is like Morse Code, because it’s the wire others decode as you telegraph it. Your true moral code is the one you live by when no one is watching.
The one you telegraph will shape your reputation, the one you live by will shape your character.
You, who are on the road, must have a code that you can live by
And so, become yourself because the past is just a goodbye.
— Crosby, Stills and Nash
Your moral code represents your core principles, which are rooted in…guess what? Your worldview.
If your moral code is there is no such thing as morality, your worldview is in denial of the justice thread all humans are born with. Definitely not BTL. Keep your distance please.
If your moral code is you do whatever you want with whomever you want whenever you want wherever you want, your worldview is you are your own god. Self-centered/other-controlling – not BTL.
If your moral code is do unto others as they do unto you, your worldview is transactional and retributive. Reactionary, not self-regulating — not BTL.
If your moral code is do unto others as you would have others do unto you, your worldview is humanistic — and subjective. Sounds golden, except he who has the gold rules. Still too much wiggle room to rationalize your behavior to fit your subjective beliefs or to rationalize your subjective beliefs to fit your behavior. Still self-centered/other-controlling, not BTL.
If your moral code embraces timeless, universal principles way bigger than you or me — you are on your way toward becoming core/centered-self-controlling, and one becoming BTL. Good.
What moral code are you telegraphing, friend? Is it the same as when no one else is watching to decode it? Is your moral code leading to slow death, or is it one you can live by? Write. Come clean. Good. Do another rinse of your core principles, please.
Embrace it. Love it. Live it (Thanks, Toto)…
1 thought on “Day 46 (Your moral code)…”
While my moral code begins with God’s instruction, I have to dwell on your ability to mix in some song lyrics. My friend and pastor does the same on a regular basis (even having the praise team play “Southbound” at the end of service once to drive home a point). I’ve learned from him that the best moral codes are cemented in with song and experience and stories. It’s how we retell what we’ve learned and gather others attention and relate to the day to day. That doesn’t take away the value or height of one’s code, but it brings it within grasp for all to experience and learn from. I love how you are clearly a student of scripture and life, and know the value of bringing both to your life and lessons. Thank you.