Getting At The Root Of Things

In this entry, I talked about how we can set the Millenials and the younger generations for good citizenship.

But in a true Fueled by Wisdom fashion, and if you have been a reader of this blog for a while now, you know that I am interested in getting at the “root” of things.

A Genuinely Good Citizen

In this case, I am interested in how someone can be a genuinely good citizen. That is, not just merely following the rules that governs one’s place of residence. But to truly care about his/her surroundings. The environment and the living and non-living things around him/her.

In other words, I am interested to know how can and how does one become a good being.

Take Note

It is important to take note that though we talked about good citizenship specifically for the people of the Philippines in this entry. My concept of being a good citizen or a good human being is not limited to one’s nation alone.

I would like us to think of ourselves as global citizens. That is because we are. That’s why I encourage the readers of this blog to do the same.

Why?

Why? Because the problem of one country isn’t really exclusive to that country alone for the most part. Think about the global catastrophes of the past decades. Think about World War 1 and World War 2 and how it reshaped our history.

Currently, our planet is facing issues such as global warming and climate change. Various species of plants and animals are also on the verge of being extinct.

Do we think that these issues just showed up one day because they just wanted to. No they didn’t. They were the accumulated result of our actions as a collective unit (i.e. as human beings).

It is the result of, for the lack of a better term, our carelessness. That’s why we should be very careful in our actions.

We Should Be Careful With Our Actions

If we will not change our ways and continue to disregard the consequences of our actions we might actually face another globally catastrophic event. May the Almighty never allow that to happen.

That is why we should do our part. Our actions, however small we may think they are have consequences.

So we should be very careful. We should not take things lightly and think that our actions will not matter because they will.

“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.”

-Bruce Barton

Start With Your Homeland

And as for singling out the people of the Philippines, I did that because I am from there as well. And I am currently living in the Philippines.

As an aspiring good citizen and human being. And adhering to the values that I want to espouse in Fueled by Wisdom believes in (i.e. getting at the root of things/problems). That is the least thing that I can do.

As I have stated in this entry, how can we even dream of massive change if we can’t even manage to change ourselves.

So we have to start with what is within our vicinity.

How Can One Become A Good Human Being?

“You can’t help where you were born and you may not have much to say about where you die, but you can and you should pass the days in between as a good man[/woman].”

-Anton Myrers, Once an Eagle

I’ve come acrossed these words of wisdom from Beyond Band of Brothers by Major Richard Winters with Colonel Cole C. Kingseed.

This book contains his (Major Winters) war memoirs.

Major Winters is one of those people we should definitely look up to. He utterly tried his best to live up to those words (the quote above). He strived to perfect his character.

In fact, they had to edit the transcript of Band of Brothers when it was shown to him because he was offended by the excessive use of profanity of his character.

He told Tom Hanks, one of the producers of the miniseries, that he is resigning from the project because he don’t want people to think that using profanity is acceptable. ‘You know that is not who I am’, he told Tom Hanks.

On A Side Note

By the way, for those who don’t know. Band of Brothers is an HBO miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. It is an adaptation of Stephen Ambrose’s book of the same title.

You should watch it if you are a big fan of the World War 2 era. But even if you aren’t, I think you will enjoy the show. It will show you the realities of war. The good and the bad ones.

Good in a sense that, as Major Winters have conveyed:

“…I hope that it doesn’t sound out of place – but I would like to share something as I look back on the war. War brings out the worst and the best in people. Wars do not make men great, but they do bring out the greatness in good men[/women]…For those of us who served in Easy Company and for those who served their country in other theaters, we came back as better men and women as a result of being in combat…”

And that is exactly what you will see in the miniseries. You will see the camaraderie among soldiers and how wars can bring out the greatness in good men/women. It is just but one of the valiant acts of soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for a greater cause.

Realities Of War

But war is never really romantic. As Major Winters said:

“War is romantic only to those who are far away from the sounds and turmoil of battle.”

It not only destroys a nation but it also affects and devastates the lives of countless innocent civilians. Especially the children, the youth and the elderly.

“…each of us [those who served in the war] hoped that if we had learned anything from the experience, it is that war is unreal and we earnestly hoped that it would never happen again.”

Major Richard Winters

Conclusion

The actions of men like Major Winters speaks to us, because instinctively, we know that this is how a good man/ woman should act.

They are people of character, competence, and courage. They walk the talk. And they lead by example.

This is what we all should strive to be. To be a person of character, competence and courage.

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

We shouldn’t just talk the talk. We should actualize it too. This is what separates the doers from the talkers. Doers lead from the front. And they lead by example.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

P.S.

This entry is part of a series of entries about instilling good citizenship, cultivating good character and fostering leadership qualities among everyone but particulary among the Millenials and the younger generations. That is because we believe that they should be groomed for these qualites early on because they are the future of a nation.

If you haven’t read the first part of this series, just click this link. Stay tuned for the third part of this series.

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Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry. I hope you got something of out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers. Feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!😊👋

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Book excerpts from:

Beyond Band of Brothers by Major Richard Winters with Colonel Cole C. Kingseed

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