What we need as a species is a new moral code. A creed that we can live by, and be proud of. Through the ages we have had some unwritten codes of conduct such as the chivalric code of the knights, and many religious sects have codes of conduct that some have adhered to, but the numbers seem as though they are few compared to those who live without a moral code, or any sense of honor. No one can live to the highest moral standard ! I will repeat that. No one can live to the highest moral standard. At least not all the time. We are human beings, and are a flawed species who lives not with the use of pure logic but through a lens clouded with emotional outbursts. Does that mean that we should not try to reach a higher standard as often as we can ? Of course not ! Many people ask me why I try as hard as I do in the things I do. My answer is a simple one. I have great pride in myself, my Gods, my ancestors, and my heroes and martyrs. Many people ask me what do I get out of trying harder ? That answer is somewhat the same. I gain pride in who I am, and have a better understanding of where I am going which in turn honors my Gods etc.... I try never to do anything to dishonor myself, or those who came before me. I have always believed that it is not only our Gods that judge us, but every generation that came before us who sits, and watches to see how we do. And they must be embarrassed with the greedy, selfish, lazy people that we have become.
We have a moral code in the Asatru religion called the 9 Noble Virtues, and the 6 Fold Goals, but I have a simpler code that is much easier to remember :
1. Always do your best.
2. Respect people as though they were family.
3. Never do anything to disrespect, or dishonor those who came before us, or our Gods.
4. Think of others before yourself.
5. Never say I can't, say you will try.
6. Accept failure with the same honor and responsibility as success.
7. Be proud of who you are no matter what.
It is never too late to change who we are or what we have become. Always shoot for the highest of moral standards because you will always fall short of the standard you set no matter how high or how low you set that bar. I am far from perfect, and far from having reached the highest of standards, but I do respect myself enough to shoot for loftier goals, and I know that I am a better person because of it. We can never be perfect, but we can' t even be better than we are now if we are not even willing to try !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !