Recently, as I was driving back to Nashville from a trip, the Boy Scout Law began to run through my mind. It begins with “A Scout is,” and then lists 12 character traits that include: trustworthy, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful, thrifty, brave, and reverent. I can still rattle off all 12 traits.
Then I remembered the Scout Oath. It includes the pledge “to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” The Scout Motto is “Be prepared,” and the Scout Slogan is “Do a good turn daily.”
These words and other Scout programs and activities taught me and shaped me in integrity, citizenship, and morality. These inspiring words were a great foundation for my life and I am grateful to have been influenced by such character education.
So many people nowadays lack such strong, morality building influences. Instead, most of our society (from the media to schools to even some churches) brainwashes people to passively obey whims and cravings rather than to actively live by high moral principles.
Influences, whether positive or negative, moral or immoral, are powerful. The ideas that we adsorb (whether consciously or unconsciously) will shape our behavior and produce consequences. We should choose our brainwashing wisely.
I am so glad to have been brainwashed by the Boy Scouts.