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Personal Code Of Ethics And What It Means To You
Rob Roy was a man with a very strong personal code of ethics. There was a set of rules he had set for himself, rules that were so ingrained into him that it was impossible for him to break them...to even be tempted to do so. People who have such high standards for themselves are usually of very strong characters, exuding self confidence and a certain nobility, even if born from the poorest families. People willingly follow them, trust them and most are very loyal to them. These people are trustworthy, because honesty is one of their standards...and they expect honesty in those they meet...indeed they expect others to bear the same responsibility for their behaviour and actions as they themselves do. They are quite often disappointed.
We live in a day and age when personal responsibility seems to be at an all time low. Self confidence appears to be almost non-existence in the majority of this generation. Sex is free for the asking, or taking, there is no more value placed on personal worth. People are faster with insults and hate filled, derogatory comments, than ever giving thought to what good might come of encouraging or lifting someone up instead. Yes, there are a few people out there who care, who have compassion, who have set high standards and live by them...but in comparison, that number is small indeed.
If someone were to ask me how they could build up their self confidence, I would reply with this; By working on how you treat others. The higher you aim in your goal on how you treat others, the better others will treat you, the higher your self confidence will climb. Plus you have the advantage of knowing that you are doing what is right, you are above reproach.
Having a high standard, or code of ethics is more than just how you treat others. It means setting down rules for yourself that you are not willing to break. No matter what. A good example of this also comes from the Rob Roy movie. In that, he had borrowed a thousand pounds in order to help his people through the coming winter. Before it reached him, through treachery, it was stolen, and his man that was bringing it to him slain and his body dumped in the lake to make it look like Rob had taken the money and tried to make it look like it was stolen. The man whom he borrowed it from told him that he would be more lenient towards him if he would testify that the Duke of Argyle was a Jacobite. Even though Rob did not know the Duke, he refused to do such a thing, refused to bear false witness against another man. Not because he had any great love for that man, he actually thought all such men (well, i forgot what he called them, but he did not think much of them) but for his own honor. Rob could have given into temptation, saved his lands wife and children...but in all honesty, whenever dealing with those without scruples, if you don't cling to your honor, they never stop taking. Had he given in, he would never have seen his lands returned to him. Perhaps his wife might not have gotten raped...perhaps. But it was because of his remaining true to his honour that the Duke ended up supporting him in his own way, allowing his name and debt to be cleared. Sometimes lowering your standards seems like the only option, certainly the easy one...But the only true option is by staying true to yourself and the standards you have set for yourself...In the end it will be the only thing that lets you live with yourself.