Sunday, August 26, 2018


R.E. the book Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember by John McCain with Mark Salter. It is a book like Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy, also co-written and for younger readers, about people who battled THEIR OWN SIDE or PARTY as well as obstacle forces, which takes courage and character to do the right thing when all others oppose. 

Peruse this list, and remember John McCain as a politician (which means "flawed" to me, all of 'em) consistently on board for all Americans. Rest in peace, America's ethical maverick.

Part One: Honor 
HONESTY -- Thomas More 
RESPECT -- Mohandas Gandhi 
AUTHENTICITY -- Joan of Arc 
LOYALTY -- Sir Ernest Shackleton 
DIGNITY -- Viktor Frankl 
Part Two: Purpose 
IDEALISM -- Sojourner Truth 
RIGHTEOUSNESS -- Roméo Dallaire 
CITIZENSHIP -- Pat Tillman 
DILIGENCE -- Winston Churchill 
RESPONSIBILITY -- Lord Nelson and His Lieutenants 
COOPERATION -- John Wooden 
Part Three: Strength 
COURAGE -- Edith Cavell 
SELF-CONTROL -- George Washington 
CONFIDENCE -- Elizabeth I 
RESILIENCE -- Abraham Lincoln 
INDUSTRY -- Eric Hoffer 
HOPEFULNESS -- John Winthrop 
Part Four: Understanding
 FAITH -- Christian Guard at Hua Lo Prison 
COMPASSION -- Maximillian Kolbe 
MERCY -- Mother Antonia 
TOLERANCE—The Four Chaplains 
FORGIVENESS -- Nelson Mandela 
GENEROSITY -- Oseola McCarty 
Part Five: Judgment 
FAIRNESS—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
HUMILITY -- Dwight D. Eisenhower 
GRATITUDE -- Tecumseh 
HUMOR -- Mark Twain 
COURTESY -- Aung San Suu Kyi 
Part Six: Creativity 
ASPIRATION -- Ferdinand Magellan 
DISCERNMENT -- Leonardo da Vinci 
CURIOSITY -- Charles Darwin 
ENTHUSIASM -- Theodore Roosevelt 
EXCELLENCE -- Wilma Rudolph   
Part Seven: Love 
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