Mar 1, 2009

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8th Tenet of the Code – Always Be Faithful to the Men

8th Tenet of the Code

 The MDI Code of Honor was created by the men of what was then known as the Sterling Men’s Divisions.  It was intended to reflect some very basic core values that all men could rally behind and support.

 Back in the late 1990s the men of the Western Region created an ark which contained 15 different pieces of word. Each stick was made of a specific type of wood and bore a specific design that reflected the way in which the men of the Western Region related to the tenets of the Code of Honor. The ark has made its way throughout North America and men throughout MDI have had the opportunity to connect with it.  I had the honor serving as the caretaker for the ark and was moved to write a bit on how I related to the Code.

Always Be Faithful to the Men

 The wood that reflects this tenet is oak –Oak is a tree of strength and steadfastedness.  Something built of oak can be counted on to last a very long time.

 The symbol representative of this tenet is the dog – The dog is universally recognized, as a symbol of faithfulness, forever at the side of is master and companion.

 

 

 Definition:

 Faithful –  to be dutiful – loyal – worthy of trust – consistently reliable – consistent with the truth

This tenet can be tricky.  Many men have mistakenly interpreted it to call for loyalty toward men at the expense of women.  It is not about that. Many men have assumed it calls for unquestioning devotion to the men on your team.   It does not.  It is not about selling out a man by not challenging him in the hope that he won’t challenge you.  Rather it should be held in the spirit of being committed to the greatness that resides within every man.

 To have trust that that greatness is there.

To dutifully strive to bring it out.

To loyally follow a Code of Honor that allows it to flourish.

 We teach faithfulness by being consistently reliable and consistent with our truth.  Being faithful means seeing a man’s greatness when he cannot see it in himself.

 This tenet can be interpreted as not quitting on another man. It calls for you to ask a man what he wants, why he wants it and what he is prepared to do to attain it.  It is your job to probe, the first answer to why is rarely ever the real why.  It is also your job to do a reality check on the how, is it really attainable and does your man have he resources he needs to get it done?  If so get to it and inspect , inspect, inspect.

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