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March 3, 2020


Ethics/ Definition

Moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity.

Ethics should be the cornerstone of our society. I have seen a major decline in ethics on many levels, such as what's on TV and movies, song lyrics, and politics. How students act in school, public, and college campuses seem to have gone crazy at times. It's like Ethics have gone out the window and it seems many people are okay with that.

As a Martial Arts instructor I struggle with seeing this because this is what I teach on a daily basis.The two most important rules in my school are Respect and Self Discipline. Without these rules it's pretty hard to function in this world. These two rules govern Ethics. Here is how I explain Respect to my students. Looking people in the eye, Listening to what they are saying, and Having a good attitude toward what that person said even if I don't like what they said. Self discipline is you doing the right thing without being told to do it.

Parents, one of the most important thing you teach your children when they are old enough to understand is the difference between right and wrong. I see people everyday do things that they should know are wrong, but they openly do it anyway.

In our school when someone makes up their own rules, I respectfully give them a warning. The second time, I discipline them with something small. The third time, we sit down after class and talk about what they did and how they should act. Then I will discipline them with extra work at home, ask their parents to take something the child likes away, or give them an exercise that will challenge the mind and body, so they understand what they did was wrong. Discipline is not a bad word, and it does not mean violence. It's a reminder that you don't do what you want whenever you want. We all have rules to follow and if we don't, there are consequences. Let's make this world a better place by teaching the future leaders of our country (Children) the meaning of Ethics, and if we don't follow rules there are always consequences.

Tom Hogue

Self Defense 4U


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