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“Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.” ~ John Eldredge, Wild at Heart:

Everyone loves a great story of honorable men struggling in the battle against evil wrongdoings. Parse apart any book or movie, and it comes down to men in search of adventure, ready to sacrifice life for a beauty to rescue. What defines “The Honorable Man”— Truth,  virtue, doing the right thing even with great self-sacrifice? The need for heroes, the honorable man, runs deep within both the women’s and men’s hearts—Superman, The Avengers, Lord of the rings, and Narnia.

In the end, a man will face either glory or shame for the life he has lived. C.S. Lewis, in his sermon, “The Weight of Glory,” spoke to honor, glory, and shame:

In the end, that face which is the delight or terror of the universe must be turned upon each of us either with one expression or with the other, either conferring glory inexpressible or inflicting shame that can never be cured or disguised ~ C.S. Lewis.

The West Point motto is Duty, Honor, Country—it interests me that country comes last. That says to me that glory comes from abiding by our moral obligations and responsibilities while adhering to what is right and then the service to the country.

I believe the world is running short of wild hearts and honorable men; it is time to refill the virtue coffers…

“We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat.”
― John Steinbeck,

“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
― George Washington

“The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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I often visit this gnarly old tree; it somehow clings to sandy soil with no other trees around. It is at a park close to our house, near the entrance to Pearl Harbor. I like watching the ships’ movement in and out to sea, and I love to wait patiently until people wander into the frame. I hope you enjoy these images…I am still learning.