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Living the Code

 

Living the Code...

In the Old West, there was an unwritten code of behavior. This code was passed on both verbally, and by the actions of men and women. Western writer Zane Grey first chronicled it as the “Code of the West.” This code stressed integrity, self-reliance and accountability. It relied on cooperation with neighbors in finding solutions to problems.

Thankfully, this “code” is alive and well today. Not only individuals, but city and county governments are operating based on this code of behavior.

We at Chronicle of the Old West believe strongly that this code was important in making the United States the preeminent country it is today. And its continued practice is important in making sure we continue as a strong democratic country.

We have taken the various elements of “The Code,” condensed them and did a little modernizing of the words. But lest you fret, they maintain the same power that they did 150 years ago.

Click HERE to see an expanded version of The Code.

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Applying the Code...

We all have a friend, or maybe even more than one friend, who always seems to have things happen to them. If there’s one cow pie in the field, they step in it. Or maybe they get curious about things like, “What would happen if I lassoed a buffalo?”

Well, I have such a friend. His name is Cowboy Joe. Every time I see him, he has another story to tell. But, the great thing about Cowboy Joe is that even though he gets himself into some of the strangest situations, he’s philosophical about them. For instance, after stepping in that cow pie, he learned that you have to watch where you step when there’s a lot of bull around. As for lassoing the buffalo, well, I don’t think anyone’s that stupid.

What I’m going to do here is to pass on to you some of the stories that Cowboy Joe has told me. I cannot vouch for their authenticity, but quite possibility, we can learn from them anyway.

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Our current Living the Code story...

THE THREE TURTLES

Three young turtles decided to go on a camping trip. They hiked for about a half day and found a nice place to pitch their tent. Turtle

Now, their mother had made a tasty cake for them. As soon as they got the camp all ready, they decided to have a piece of the cake. Searching their packs, they realized they had left their knife at home. Being well-mannered turtles, they didn’t want to tear off a piece. So, they decided the youngest turtle should hike back home and get the knife.

The youngest turtle complained that while he was gone his brothers would eat the cake. They assured him they would wait for his return. As the youngest turtle left the camp he said one last time, “Now, don’t eat the cake while I’m gone.”

The two turtles settled in for the wait. A day went by and there was no little brother. Two days went by. Still no brother. At the end of the third day, the two turtles determined their brother had decided to stay at home and not return to camp.

They decided just to rip off a piece of the cake and eat it. Just as they put the first piece in their mouth, the youngest turtle jumped out of the bushes, and said, “I knew you would eat the cake, that’s why I never left.”

Too many times we are like that turtle; we are so sure something bad is going to happen that we actually make it happen. That's called a “self-fulfilling prophesy.” We know we’re going to fail, and so that we aren’t disappointed, we fail.

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If you want to read past stories, click HERE.

If you would like to get more information about Living The Code and its importance in the United States becoming the preeminent nation that it presently is, visit www.LivingTheCode.org.

Click HERE to see an expanded version of The Code.

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If you would like to get more information about Living The Code and its importance in the United States becoming the preeminent nation that it presently is, visit www.LivingTheCode.org.

 

 

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