Jonathan Begley

January 18, 2010

ONE OF THE RARE ONES

Filed under: Character — jonathanbegley @ 8:20 pm

“…but he was one of the rare ones who were genuinely glad to see another man advance.  In some of them there was a hunger for rank – in Jubal Early it was a disease – but Armistead had grown past the hunger, if he ever had it at all.  He was an honest man, open as the sunrise, cut from the same pattern as Lee: old family, Virginia gentleman, man of honor, man of duty.  He was one of the men who would hold ground if it could be held; he would die for a word.  He was a man to depend on, and there was this truth about war: it taught you the men you could depend on.” – (Shaara, The Killer Angels pp. 60-61).

We all know these men and women.  They are found in the most unlikely of places.  How many of us would describe ourselves as loyal or honest or trustworthy or dependable?  How many of us can be sure that others see us in this same light?  It are these qualities that make a man.

How do you recognize a truly honest or trustworthy individual?

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