I have mentioned before how codes can be found in many different places. They are incorporated into religions, business places, schools, clubs . . . the list goes on and on. What they represent is as various as the codes themselves. This week, all I am going to do is present you with two very different codes. Think about what they mean as you read through them and, again, see if any of the ideas interest you for your own code.
This first code is an excerpt from a much longer Wiccan code entitled the Inter-Tradition Guidelines:
Chivalry must be followed by all (Honesty, bravery, generosity and kindness).
One's oath is one's sacred pledge. Pledge sparingly, for it must be of iron.
Speak no ill of another for all truth may not be known.
Pass not hearsay.
Be honest with all - and demand the same.
The fury of a moment plays folly with truth. Keeping one's head is a virtue.
Wisdom brings power. Apply discretion in its use.
Pledge friendship to those who warrant. To strengthen your brother or sister brings strength to you. Pledging friendship to the dishonorable brings dishonor to you.
Reveal not the secrets of others, lest your own secrets be lost.
Have pride in self. Seek perfection in body and mind, for you cannot honor another unless you honor self.
In all things, moderation.
Revere the God(s) and Goddess(es) of your tradition.
Respect the religion of others.
Accept the Laws of return (Karma).
Accept personal responsibility.
Respect the Laws of the Gods, humankind and nature.
Respect the inner self.
Honor your succession of teachers.
This second code is a darker Code of Honor and focuses on the individual rather than a group as a whole:
Never desert a comrade in need, in danger or in trouble.
Never withdraw allegiance once granted.
Never desert a group to which you owe your support.
Never disparage yourself or minimize your strength or power.
Never need praise, approval or sympathy.
Never compromise with your own reality.
Never permit your affinity to be alloyed.
Do not give or receive communication unless you yourself desire it.
Your self-determinism and your honor are more important than your immediate life.
Your integrity to yourself is more important than your body.
Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.
Never fear to hurt another in a just cause.
Don’t desire to be liked or admired.
Be your own adviser, keep your own counsel and select your own decisions.
Be true to your own goals.
For the lecture, simply explore these two codes. Do you find any passage that may be usable to you? Are there any lines that don’t appeal to you? Why or why not?
Homework: Research another code that you locate. It can be from any source, as long as it is an actual code. Please post this in your journal along with where you found it/what organization follows it. Why did you choose this particular code?