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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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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...

We were sitting at the kitchen table. I had just topped off Cowboy Joe’s coffee cup for the third time when he said, “Did you hear about that Getting From Lifenew minister, Reverend Hair, at the Baptist Church?”

“I heard things aren’t going well for him.” I responded.

“That’s not the half of it. Last Sunday he and his son got to the church early to open things up, and make sure the hymnals were in place. Because the offering had been so light, the minister decided to put a ten-dollar bill in the offering plate, hoping the parishioners would get the hint.

Offering PlateAs was the custom, he put the offering plate by the door so the attendees could drop something in it on the way out. After the service, he picked up the offering plate. It was empty; except for that ten-dollar bill he had placed there himself.

His son had noticed the whole affair. And he said, “You know, dad, if you would have put more into it, you would have gotten more out of it.”

Cowboy Joe smiled “Isn’t that the way life is, the more we put into it, the more we get out of it.”

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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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Cowboy Joe
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of The Code.

 

 
     
     

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