I ran across this while reading a rare collection of articles by a rare man indeed.  Those of you lucky enough to be familiar with the writings of Jeff Cooper will know what I mean.  He was an unapologetic, unwavering and inflexible man that still believed in notions like honor, justice and bravery.  These are concepts that we laugh at or spit on in today’s world, but they are the fundamentals upon which civilization is based.

He extolled the three virtues that were first enumerated by Herodotus, then trumpeted by Theodore Roosevelt, and finally became the name of one of his books, a veritable owners manual to being a man.  “Ride, shoot straight and speak the truth.”

“God give us men of such a type as the time demands.
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and willing hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor; men who will not lie;

“Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking;
Tall men, sun crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty and in private thinking;
For while the rabble with their thumb worn creeds,
Their profession and their little deeds
Mingle in selfish strife; lo; Freedom weeps;
Wrong rules the land, and waiting justice sleeps.”

From Zarapath News,
published by the Scottish Rite, Davenport, Iowa

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