Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Moral Courage


Moral courage is needed in the State of Iowa as we address the need for funding adequate coverage for mental illness for the crisis centers, mental health courts, residential centers, and long term care. We have been going backwards to long and the new starts need to be adequately funded.

The West Point's Cadet Prayer is now my prayer continually.


What Happens When Our Leaders Lack Moral Courage
By Wesley K. ClarkMay 23, 2019

Over the years, thousands of cadets at the United States Military Academy, myself included, have memorized and recited West Point’s Cadet Prayer. “Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong,” the prayer goes, “and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won. Endow us with courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice, and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy.”

The prayer describes the value of acting for good, and how moral authority is itself the deepest source of power. Cadets are taught that one’s values ought to be the primary reason to seek power, and its only justification for use. This is the essence of the “courage” described in the prayer, the courage that should be a part of every leader’s core.

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