A Haiku - Character

Character counts....


Character counts much.

Without it we stumble on;

With it, we triumph.


Of what is it made?

Principal, faith, and courage,

Choosing, acting well.


Whose standards are yours?

The world's are always changing.

Real standards stand firm.


Your character counts.

It adds up the sum of you.

Make it worth your life.

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© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Is there such a thing as the American character?


I used to think I understood the character of America.

Now I wonder if it exists....or ever did.

Americans are a diverse people.

Now it seems there are efforts to divide us into big states and little states. Admittedly they always existed, some larger, even much larger; some smaller, even much smaller.

But now the big states want to boast their "bigness" and the smaller states seem lost in the shuffle of modern values.

In elections of late the rhetoric has become targeted to appeal to our differences. Admittedly we have always had our differences of sex, color, ethnicity, but it seems the rhetoric is designed to carve us up into distinct segments and play us off one group against another.

In the past it seemed the national motto came from The Three Musketeers and was "All for one and one for all." Now, while we still mint our coinage with the motto "From many, one" it seems that increasingly it appears to be "From the many, for me". not President Kennedy's urging of "What can I do for my country?"

If America is adrift and grasping at straws, how do we regain or develop a strong national character?

In the past we patterned ourselves after chosen leaders we admired. Today we tend to discredit our national leadership with "low scores" for public confidence, and accusations of "leadership by fiat" and those who "do nothing".

Without shared, firm principles, and the courage to make wise choices while acting for the common good, how do we retain faith in the future of our society?

It has been said that "The Ship of State takes a long time to change and steer a new course."

If indeed we are concerned about where America is headed, it may behoove us to plot our future course as soon as possible so as to arrive at a destination we can mutually agree upon.

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© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.



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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I voted every one up. I join in your lament. Yet I am not depressed I am encouraged. You see, you wrote this piece. And so spoke and so acted and you display the wonderful character of our universal suffrage. So today I celebrate that you began our healing. All blessings be onto and into you!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Let's hope other Hubbers join in and continue letting the Hub voices be heard. We can change, and we must change for the better while preserving everyone's free agency.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

A passionate plea to return to character. You have written what many will like to voice. Thank you.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks MsDora, but more than thanks is the hope that more "will like to voice" their own personal concerns over where we seem to be headed and shout "Character overboard!" We must be true to our ideals, or end up having none.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Just as it is here! I despair sometimes, for my country's character is not as it was. We seem to go backwards rather than learn from mistakes. Politicians get greedier, people become less trusting and so the downward spiral continues.

We have to be strong, think positively, and try to do our best, one by one, to improve our lot and everyone else's. Maybe, one day...... !

Good piece, food for thought. Ann


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

In Ireland, it is considered a great compliment to refer to one as being a "great character". Character is an individual thing and living develops character in the individuals of any culture. Enjoyed reading this hub and thanks for sharing it :-)


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

annart - I understand. We realize that strength of character made high standards and survival possible. Perhaps we need severe trials to bring forth our best. Let's hope we can do something this time without the severe trials. At least we know what is missing, now we just have to figure out how to get it back!

Kate Mc Bride - It is so good to hear from you again. Surely it is those with a "good character" that we need at all times. Thanks for the comment and the voting. 8


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Kate Mc Bride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

A good character is hard to beat as right. Looking forward to reading more of your haikus and hubs as usual


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

When you mentioned character you got me whistling Dixie.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I thought "whistling Dixie" used tor efer to wasting time or embarking on a hopeless task. I will take your comment to mean eliciting a favorable response. Thanks again.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Thank you so much for another great hub.

Eddy.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

You are welcome, and that isn't just whistling "Dixie".

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