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Living the Code

 

Living the Code...

In the Old West, there was an unwritten code of behavior. This code was passed on both verbally, and by the actions of men and women. Western writer Zane Grey first chronicled it as the “Code of the West.” This code stressed integrity, self-reliance and accountability. It relied on cooperation with neighbors in finding solutions to problems.

Thankfully, this “code” is alive and well today. Not only individuals, but city and county governments are operating based on this code of behavior.

We at Chronicle of the Old West believe strongly that this code was important in making the United States the preeminent country it is today. And its continued practice is important in making sure we continue as a strong democratic country.

We have taken the various elements of “The Code,” condensed them and did a little modernizing of the words. But lest you fret, they maintain the same power that they did 150 years ago.

Click HERE to see an expanded version of The Code.

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The Code

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Applying the Code...

We all have a friend, or maybe even more than one friend, who always seems to have things happen to them. If there’s one cow pie in the field, they step in it. Or maybe they get curious about things like, “What would happen if I lassoed a buffalo?”

Well, I have such a friend. His name is Cowboy Joe. Every time I see him, he has another story to tell. But, the great thing about Cowboy Joe is that even though he gets himself into some of the strangest situations, he’s philosophical about them. For instance, after stepping in that cow pie, he learned that you have to watch where you step when there’s a lot of bull around. As for lassoing the buffalo, well, I don’t think anyone’s that stupid.

What I’m going to do here is to pass on to you some of the stories that Cowboy Joe has told me. I cannot vouch for their authenticity, but quite possibility, we can learn from them anyway.

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Our current Living the Code story...

FREEDOM

When I was a young man I was told a story that does a great job of illustrating just what freedom is and is not. The story goes like this:

A caged yellow canaryA yellow canary sits on its perch in a cage by a window. Its water and seed cups are full. The room in which the canary’s cage is located is kept warm during the winter and cool during the summer. To protect the canary from light and other inconvenience at night, a cover is placed over the cage. With its cage hanging from a ceiling hook, the canary is protected from the house cat. The canary’s every need is anticipated.

A sparrow outside on a branchOutside the window on a bare branch sits a sparrow. There’s a foot of snow on the ground. The sparrow will have to fly long distances to find the seed and insects necessary to satisfy its hunger. While looking for food it has to watch for feral cats, raccoons and skunks that are also looking for food.

The question is, “Which bird is free?” It very well could be that each time we give someone else responsibility for an aspect of our life we’re losing a piece of freedom. 

Accept responsibility for your life.

 

 

If you want to read past stories, click HERE.

If you would like to get more information about Living The Code and its importance in the United States becoming the preeminent nation that it presently is, visit www.LivingTheCode.org.

Click HERE to see an expanded version of The Code.

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If you would like to get more information about Living The Code and its importance in the United States becoming the preeminent nation that it presently is, visit www.LivingTheCode.org.

 

 

Click HERE to read the current story.

 

 

 

 

If you want to read
past stories,
click HERE.

 

 

Cowboy Joe
Cowboy Joe

 

 

If you want to read
past stories,
click HERE.

 

 

Click HERE to see
an expanded version
of The Code.

 

 
     
 

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