20 March 2014 was a good day
Rising before the sun, I set off to Nelson County in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. there I gave a talk about honor, kindness, tolerance and self-control , which inspired the audience members to introduce me to Kia Sher.
Drawing strength from immense personal tragedy Kia shows that life is an energy force, which you chose to use either negatively or positively.
My journey then led me to one of Virginia’s most famous institutions the University of Virginia, while the architecture made for good camera fodder, it was the student honor code that impressed me most.
“The University of Virginia’s Honor Code is at once an injunction and an aspiration. The injunction is simple: students pledge never to lie, cheat, or steal, and accept that the consequence for breaking this pledge is permanent dismissal from the University. It is for its aspirational quality, however, that the Honor Code is so cherished: in leading lives of honor, students have continuously renewed that unique spirit of compassion and interconnectedness that has come to be called the Community of Trust. In the words of the Michael Suarez, S.J., Professor of English, “honor calls us to be honorable to each other not merely by not committing transgressions, but also by doing reverence to the other in our midst.”
Meanwhile, back in South Africa, on 20 March 2015
I honored this beings right to live. By suppressing my vasopressin and allowing my oxitoxin to flow, I engaged my frontal cortex and quickly found method to capture and release it in a way that would cause us both the least discomfort.
The first step to personal honor is to suppress irrational fears and inbred irrational bias.