Ethics and Life Styles Simplified

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My personal code of conduct and how I live my life day to day.

Any respectable person has a code of conduct that they live by even if they do not make it obvious to those around them. I would like to share mine in the hope that I inspire others to share or adopt one of their own.

This "code" goes beyond ethics, action, and spirituality. It is constructed from my own life style and how I interact with the world around me. It is not about the meaningless trappings of wealth and pleasure which are simply the bonuses afforded by success both in the work place and out of it.

Like many others in their early twenties I spent my youth crippled in a dark and hateful depression. Going from job to job in an effort to make ends meet while achieving nothing. I was on a slippery slope to either death or a mental hospital. Even today I struggle with the traumas of my past.

Failure is my greatest teacher but the only way a person can learn from it is if that mistake does not destroy them completely. Rather then claim there is some magic formula to life that will get you the perfect job, the most attractive lover, and be well liked and respected. I can easily say that unless these things come naturally to you. Your life may in fact be very difficult if not doomed like mine.

Yet I do have some sage advise to offer from one person to another. Adapted from my own failings and those of my family members I offer you hope for a better future and a long life at the very least.

We start with the five golden rules of living that if you heed them now will give you advantages latter and the earlier you start the better.

Rule 1 Be controlled by no substance: Seems too much like a grade school teacher lecturing his class about the evils of the seedy teenager peddling pills on the playground right? Wrong! This means strict discipline beyond that of even  law abiding citizens. It's legal to smoke, vape, and drink once someone reaches the proper age but that does not mean you should do so even socially. Aside from killing brain cells, aging you, causing cancer, lowering your inhibitions (defenses and common sense), substances destroy families. Let me repeat. They destroy families sometimes fast, sometimes slow but the result is always the same every time.

Rule 2 Pick Your friends carefully: The people you spend your time with define who you are as a person. Humans tend to judge groups by the actions of a few bad apples so naturally if the crowd you hang out with is a pack of thieves and drug addicts then employers will see that if they are hanging around you too much. A true friend is so rare and hard to come by that even if they start out good for a while they may go down a path you do not want to follow latter.

Rule 3 Emotional Discipline: There are times and everyone is faced with them that the prospect of living  becomes too much and that death seems better in the heat of the moment. Rather than facing a failed romance or what may seem worse, never having a romance at all we sometimes seek cowardly alternatives that cheat us out of the potential for healing. The reasons a person may want to die go beyond the scope of this article. The point is that when this idea comes to you. You should acknowledge it for what it is and immediately distract yourself by trying to change the thing that has led to this thought process. If you don't have a job you find one. If you have no friends you make some. If your girlfriend broke up with you than find another.

Rule 4 Find Purpose: It is different for everyone. For some religion becomes their universe but it all too often becomes an addiction no different then crack cocaine or LSD. Your purpose should not be so all consuming that it spoils other areas in your life like relationships or learning opportunities.

My first experience with religion was with the Lutherans. For six years I was educated and groomed to be a leader within their church like many others my age only to move another direction. I turned my back to them and the scholarships they offered because I could not in good faith preach their beliefs to others when I could not live by them myself.

Rule 5 Learn and Grow: Always try new things provided that those things will not cause harm to yourself or others. It is never wise or healthy to get too comfortable with the tranquility of routine and the security it provides. If you have a job and feel you've gotten all you can out of it then find a way to tactfully move on for more desirable prospects. 

From observations I learned fast that to have opportunities and live a full and rewarding life that you must at all cost break no laws in any country. You may be poor and desparate. Some of you may in fact be starving and tempted to steal that food at the grocery store but do not do it. Help for you is around every corner because your criminal record is clean and others will take you in. When you fall prey to weakness and decide to pick someone's pocket or rip off the till at work you condemn yourself to a legal system that never forgets and never forgives. A criminal record will haunt you forever. The longer you go without one the better off you will be.

On the job you must be honest and truthful in all your dealings. Never tell others a lie and always keep your word so your employers depend on you and understand your worth. If this is no longer possible in your present career then you have to find other work.

Your appearance will speak volumes about you on the job and out of it. Be careful what message you want to tell others about yourself in terms of hygiene and general appearance.

I do not claim these methods I have devised will help you reach your career goals but they will most certainly save you from great misfortune.


Submitted: May 01, 2021

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