In 2008, Neil Armstrong wrote a letter to the children of a friend: “…In my work, I depended on many people. In space flight, whether it be a fellow crewman or a flight controller in Mission Control on Earth, I was often trusting that person with my life. When you depend on others you want to be able to trust them. You will want to know that they say what they mean, and they mean what they say. And they will want to feel the same way about you. Your word should be beyond question.
There is much uncertainty to life. Good health may be taken away from you without warning. Material possessions may be lost due to circumstances beyond your control. The one thing that cannot be taken from you without your consent, is your character, which includes your belief, your ethics, and your principles. So guard them with care. They are your most valuable possessions…”
“The general natural tendency of reading good history must be to fix in the minds of youth deep impressions of the beauty and usefulness of virtue of all kinds…” -Ben Franklin
“A good moral character is the first essential in a man… It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” -George Washington
James Still, JamesStill@RetraceOurSteps.com
“If ever you find yourself… with difficulties… do what is right, and be assured that that will extricate you the best out of the worst situations…” -Thomas Jefferson