8th Kup & Our Papal Visit

8th Kup – Yellow Belt Testing, Eagle Martial Arts

September 24, 2015


This week we have opportunity to witness change in one of our most solid institutions; Pope Francis is currently touring the America’s. Visiting Cuba he asked all to “serve people, not ideas,” 4 a radical concept for a solidly communist country. The Church itself, guided by Pope Francis, is exploring its own profound changes; exploring a more tolerant stance toward homosexuals, women in the church, divorce… We are responsible as individuals as to come together as a larger community to care for each other and create a tolerant, loving and healthier world for each of us. We should embrace the possibility of change and deeper respect for all life. Addressing the people of the United States this morning from Washington, DC, Pope Francis tells us: https://twitter.com/pontifex

…American Catholics are committed to building a society which is thoroughly tolerant and inclusive to safe-guarding the rights of individuals and communities… rejecting every form of injustice and discrimination… with countless other people of goodwill they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and ___ society, respect their deepest concerns and right to religious liberty…

It sees clear to me also that climate change is a problem we can no longer be left to our future generation….

Things can change. Such change demands on our part a serious and responsibility… not only of the kind of the world we may be leaving to our children. But also to the millions of people living under our system which has overlooked them…. Reverend Martin Luther King “…We can say that we have defaulted on our promisory note and now is the time to honor it.”

…humanity has the ability to work together in building our common home… we wish to commit ourselves to the conscious responsible care of our common home…. Open new doors to cooperation within our human family represent positive steps along the path of reconciliation, justice and freedom. I would like all men and women… to support the efforts of international community to protect the vulnerable in our world…. So our brothers and sisters everywhere may know the blessings of peace and prosperity which God wills for all his children…

following along live from DC this morning

For more on the Pope’s visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/campaign/pope-visit

Ethics and morality is a guide by which each person conducts her/himself. As each of us enters society, we adopt a system of ethics and morals from those around us. Over time society develops a culture, a way of life accepted over many generations. As individuals, we may examine and question the existing principals as we gain life experience.



Relating to morality of behavior. Conforming with an accepted standard of good behavior. Moral philosophy or moral science. The moral principles which determine the rightness or wrongness of particular acts or activities. 1



Concerned with right and wrong and the distinction between them. Virtuous, good. Capable of right or wrong action. Serving to teach right action. Relating to the mind or will. The moral teaching contained in a fable, story, experience etc. 2


We are given ethical guides as soon as we begin to interact with our environment. For example our parents may have taught us not to pull the cat’s tail, then later to respect each other. Our church use the Ten Commandments as our initial religious education. Every organization and group we join in turn will have prominent ethical guidelines. We may have learned to leave no trace on the environment with the Boy Scouts. School has instilled in us a desire to achieve high standards and respect our teachers. As we become members of professional organizations, ethics begin to take on even more precise ethics which govern our performance. These examples are simplistic, but demonstrate that each group in turn has its own important standards to which we are encouraged to adhere. For those of us practicing the art of Tae Kwon Do, we are reminded of a more global standard of ethics and morality: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit.


There are consequences to behaving against our ethical rules. If you pull the cat’s tail, the cat will be frightened, injured and possibly strike back and hurt the transgressor. If you ignore the standards set in your Tae Kwon Do dojang, for instance ignoring the courtesy of timeliness to class, you may be unwelcome to return.


Our Founding Fathers of the United States looked to religion as they designed our Constitution which stands to govern us today as a people. Within the Constitution, our ethical and moral standards are set out which has shaped our country and ruled our behavior since its inception.


John Adams: But it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can surely stand. 3


Our ethical and moral guidelines become increasingly complex as our families grow, become more involved in society and organizations, as well as become invested in our social issues such as politics, human rights or the environment. Right and wrong ceases to be “black and white.” Our daily interactions cause us to examine our ethics and morality on a regular basis. How have we treated others? Have we been treated in turn with fairness? Have we continued to conduct ourselves within guidelines where we may maintain our self-respect? Have our loved ones gone into the world with a basis of moral rightness and received the same?


We must each find our own way through the examples of ethics and morality. No two people interpret the rules of conduct exactly the same. This divide is often at the root of conflict. In my own life, I spend much energy ensuring that my special needs child is given the respect and energy he deserves in his education and environment. The school bureaucracy greets my interference with consternation and obstinateness. It is worth every effort of beseeching others to live up to the common ethical grounds. When we find common ground my child flourishes. So for me, Ethics and Morality are essential for Riley and those who could not fight for themselves.


In discussing our essays with my family, I explained ethics and morality from my own understanding as a set of rules we learn as we grow as people. Every one of us has these rules to govern us. “But not Riley,” I explained to my youngest son. Except for Riley: he has no guidelines. He does not see his life defined by Society. His parents set the guidelines and for him as he goes through Society. Riley is nonverbal and does not grasp the rules of society. I at first thought of our ethics and morality only as something learned and given to us. Yet, when I thought of my special needs child, I realized he has his own rules of conduct which are innate and not related to anything we have taught him. He is respectful in his interactions with others. He is always sweet and loving. Recently, a new dental hygienist worked gingerly on Riley expecting to have her fingers bitten. “No,” I explained to her, “Riley would never purposely bite or hurt you.” Perhaps, ethics and morality are far more than handed down person to person, or set by our governing laws. I suspect that they are actually our intuitive tendencies to love and respect each other.

IMG_20140916_103426_225Just as each person should examine and self-reflect upon ethics and morality, our code as an individual and as a society should allow for change. There are times when our standard of ethics deserves to be examined. Change is difficult to accept, yet we should never assume that the right and wrong of forefathers and mothers may remain for us.



When I consider it, as I write about sons and my life, Ethics and Morality relate to the dojang. Within the walls of the dojang our world is represented with its own experiences, growth opportunities, challenges and community. We are expected to be respectful, believe in the spirit of others, be courteous and act with integrity. Ethics and Morality help us set our expectation as to how we are to treat others and be treated in this world.


1 New Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus of the English Language (Lexicon, 1992), 324.

2 New Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus of the English Language (Lexicon, 1992), 649.

3 Founding Father Quotes http://www.foundingfatherquotes.com/category/morality

4 CNN.com http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/20/world/pope-cuba-open/index.html
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3 Responses to 8th Kup & Our Papal Visit

  1. rita buck says:

    Thank you Stacie for this post. I love you and ask your forgiveness for any harm I have done to you. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those” Pope Francis is a miracle….Riley is a miracle. As a nurse I spoke with a mom who was crying related to her disabled child. Thinking of Riley I told her her child was perfect, absolutely perfect, she thanked me, she must have thanked you as well.

  2. Stacie says:

    Ola Agbaimoni kindly shared this post on “The Eélan Way” this morning. See it here: http://paper.li/Tycoonwoman/1326152582?edition_id=16a38b40-62a9-11e5-9818-0cc47a0d1609

  3. Lux says:

    He is truly the People’s Pope. He’s so humble, so simple, so loving and so wise.

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