ALICE LIU’S CODES OF HONOR
Newsletter April 2009 | Volume 1, Issue 1
DON QUIXOTE IN AMERICA
If Don Quixote were to travel through time and suddenly appear in my community for his next adventure, his ignorance of modern technology would probably lead him to mistake many advanced pieces of technology for magical obstacles. For example, he would most probably see a car. Then imagining that the car is some kind of horrible monster that has eaten some people, Don Quixote might attack the car. While Don Quixote thinks that he is saving the car’s passengers and being brave, he will actually probably frighten or anger them and be injured in the process. However, he would not complain because according to his philosophy, knights do not complain. Another less probable possibility might be that in America, Don Quixote may be fascinated by modern developments like the police force. He may consider them the fulfillment of his dream of instilling the values of the Code of Chivalry back in the world, and may even stop living in his own fantasy realm. Don Quixote might finally learn to face reality, and if he is still enthused about living and acting in the name of justice, he might actually become a law enforcement officer himself. Perhaps he might even earn a reputation in my community for being the only policeman to patrol highways horseback!
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MY CODES OF HONOR From speed limits to no running in hallways, rules are benefits a others, because I don’t attack their beliefs or chew on dominant part of our lives. Everybody follows some sort of rules, pencils that they kindly lend to me, but it benefits me as well whether it is set by themselves or others. At the top of my Codes of because I can learn from others’ opinions and I believe that Honor, or my personal set of rules, would definitely be being respect is something that goes around and comes around. When I optimistic. When I feel like I’m in a bad situation, I try to look for respect others, I often find that I receive their respect, too. Unlike the good, positive aspects of my predicament. Optimism is important many of my rules, this is a fairly easy rule to live by because it is because it prevents me from complaining or feeling sad when times simple to respect others and doesn’t actually require any sacrifices get tough. Trying to keep a positive attitude also benefits others who on my part. Continued on page 2 I am around because nobody enjoys hearing other people moan about how horrible their lives are. However, I’ll admit that sometimes it gets pretty hard to find the silver lining in some circumstances. It really takes a lot of mental effort to be an optimist when I know that CONTENTS it would be far easier to just give in to my natural penchant towards DON QUIXOTE IN AMERICA pessimism. 1 Respect is another ideal that I hold in high regard. It can be MY CODES OF HONOR GRAPHIC 1 found high up in rank in my Codes of Honor. Not only do I respect 12 others, but I also respect their views and possessions. This clearly MY CODES OF HONOR
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MY CODES OF HONOR (CONTINUED) Continued from page 1
I believe that honesty is a virtue, politeness should trump Where would we be without organization in our busy, chaotic destructive truths. lives? My answer would most probably be: nowhere. Staying Last but most certainly not least, “try your best” is an organized is a key rule of my life. From filling out my assignment log important rule on my Codes of Honor. From classes in school to each day to keeping my room clean, it is important as well as extracurricular activities, I always aim for 100 percent effort. advantageous to be organized because it allow me to keep up with my Good grades and distinguishable progress are great rewards, but demanding schedule. It also saves me a lot of time because instead of knowing that I’ve worked to my potential gives me a great sense wasting time trying to locate a pencil and piece of paper to start my of satisfaction and accomplishment. If I was magically homework, I could use that time to finish that same assignment. My transported back to Arthurian times, I feel as if I would be able organization is also an advantage to others, especially my parents, to get along with people with my Codes of Honor because many because they don’t need to worry about whether or not my room is of the people in those times shared many of my values like clean, or if I’ve forgotten about a test. Although organization saves a honesty, respect, courtesy, and effort. People worked to increase lot of time, I must ironically sacrifice a lot of my time and effort to stay their social statuses and had many formalities to show respect organized because rooms don’t clean themselves and it is easier to and politeness. Although my rules may be similar to the leave them dirty. However, the benefits that result from staying Arthurian people’s Codes of Chivalry, I can perceive difficulties organized far overshadow the sacrifices that I must make. in learning their numerous rules of etiquette! Another rule on my Codes of Honor would be to be polite. Politeness is an important quality for people to possess because it demonstrates their consideration and care for others. For example, if someone does me a favor, however small or insignificant, I always say thank you to show my appreciation of their help. Although nobody demands that I should follow their rules, I feel that people should be polite, not just me, because I believe that people tend to be courteous “RESPECT IS SOMETHING THAT COMES back to those who show civility first. Most people do acknowledge or respond in some way to expressions of gratitude like “thank you” with AROUND, AND GOES AROUND…” “you’re welcome”. Imagine the friendly atmosphere that would surround us if everyone used manners and were polite to others! Out of the rules in my Codes of Honor, my fourth rule, “honesty is the best policy”, is sometimes a very hard rule to follow because it conflicts with another of my rules: be polite. To questions such as “what happened to my cherry tree?” or “who took the last cookie?”, honest answers are always the best options. However, when it comes to questions about personal opinion, it is harder to answer truthfully. If a friend asked for my opinion about her new dress that she clearly adores, but that I think is hideous, I would have to choose between honestly giving my opinion and being polite and respectful of her feelings. In such situations, I would choose to lie because although
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Published on Apr 21, 2009
This newsletter contains an article about what might happen if Don Quixote came to America and what one student's Codes of Honor are.