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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.

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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...

FLEA CIRCUS

Cowboy Joe and I were sitting on the front porch just watching the world go by. My dog, Jake, lying at my feet, scratched himself.

“That dog got fleas?” asked Cowboy Joe.

“Don’t think so,” I responded.

“I had a dog once that had enoughFlea fleas to start a flea circus.”

“A flea circus? Was there ever such a thing as a flea circus?” I asked.

“Yea. A guy brought one by our town when I was a kid. He charged five cents to see it.”

“What did it look like?”

“The fleas were in a large container that was only a few inches high, with an open top.”

“Didn’t the fleas jump out?”

“You would think they would. It seems the owner trained the fleas by putting a sheet of glass over the top. Thinking the top was open the fleas kept jumping and hitting the glass. Eventually they learned their limitations, and started jumping just short of the glass. Then the flea circus owner could take the glass off and the fleas wouldn’t jump out.”

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I just shook my head and said, “Amazing.”

“You know,” responded Cowboy Joe, “some people aren’t any smarter than a flea. They put limitations on themselves, and spend their whole life in a box they could easily get out of.”

Go the distance.

 

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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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