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"My Ethics, My Codes of Life" - by Rachel Scott - (Columbine shooting victim).....*~Gia~*

  Author:  6867  Category:(Human Interest) Created:(4/20/2004 7:12:00 AM)
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My Ethics, My codes of Life * by Rachel Scott * Period 5

Ethics vary with environment, circumstances, and culture. In my own life, ethics play a major role. Whether it was the way I was raised, the experiences I’ve had, or just my outlook on the world and the way things should be. My biggest aspects of ethics include being honest, compassionate, and looking for the best and beauty in everyone.

I’ve been told repeatedly that I trust people too easily, but I find that when I put my faith and trust in people when others would not dare to, they almost never betray me. I would hope that people would put that same faith in me. Trust and honesty is an investment you put in people; if you build enough trust in them and show yourself to be honest, they will do the same in you. I value honesty so much, and it is an expectation I have of myself. I will put honesty before the risk of humiliation, before selfishness, and before anything less worthy of the Gospel truth. Even in being honest and trustworthy, I do not come off cold and heartless. Compassion and honesty go hand in hand, if enough of each is put into every situation. I admire those who trust and are trustworthy.

Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer. According to Webster’s Dictionary, compassion means a feeling of sympathy for another’s misfortune. My definition of compassion is forgiving, loving, helping, leading, and showing mercy for others. I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.

It wasn’t until recently that I learned that the first, the second, and the third impressions can be deceitful of what kind of person someone is. For example, imagine you had just met someone, and you speak with them three times on brief everyday conversations. They come off as harsh, rude, stubborn, and an ignorant person. You base your judgment on just these three encounters. Let me ask you something…did you ever ask them what their goal in life is, what kind of past they came from, did they experience love, did they experience hurt, did you look into their soul and not just their appearance? Until you know them and not just their “type,” you have no right to shun them. You have not looked for their beauty, their good. You have not seen the light in their eyes. Look hard enough and you always find a light, and you can even help it grow, if you don’t walk away from those three impressions first.

I know that my codes of life may be different from yours, but how do you know that trust, compassion, and beauty will not make this world a better place to be in and this life a better one to live? My codes may seem like a fantasy that can never be reached, but test them for yourself, and see the kind of effect they have in the lives of people around you. You just may start a chain reaction.

**This was an essay Rachel wrote for an English class(I believe) Rachel was a young lady, wise beyond her years. I had the oppurtunity to hear her father Darell Scott speak at my university, and wow, it was intense, powerful, and touching. The legacy Miss Rachel has left us is one we will always be able to learn and grow from. If Mr. Scott comes to your city, I highly reccomend going to hear him. You will not regret it.

Learn more about Rachel's life @ http://rachelscott.com/

Love Yourself, Gia

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Date: 4/20/2004 7:22:00 AM  From Authorid: 8024    wow this is an amazing article .. I believe if everyone would try as rachel does the world would be an incredible place ... I've learned alot throughout my travels and through mistakes I've made and have taken alot of notice of people such as rachel and I beieve I've made myself alot better for the knowledge I've found and I hope I can continue on this road with God help I know I can ...This post makes alot of sense to me thanks for taking the time to share it here .... c  
Date: 4/20/2004 7:58:00 AM  From Authorid: 53054    Thank you Gia for sharing this article with us....Rachel was one very intellegent girl...i went to the site that you have provided and i really enjoyed reading her views on life and other things....thank you so much for this post....*hugz*  
Date: 4/20/2004 8:17:00 AM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 6867    Your very welcome guys Her father said she always knew she was going to change lives since she was a little girl. And she is doing just that  
Date: 4/20/2004 9:34:00 AM  From Authorid: 52155    I heard her dad speak last summer. It was something that I will never forget.   
Date: 4/20/2004 6:37:00 PM  From Authorid: 30786    Great post. While it is such a tragedy that she lost her life in such an ironic way, she was able to do more in her short years than some do in their whole life  
Date: 5/10/2005 10:04:00 AM  ( Admin-DNL )   I think this was included in the book "Rachels Tears", or I have read it somewhere at least I think she was a pretty amazing person, and I can't believe she predicted her own death. If you haven't read the book you should, it is really beautiful.

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