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Lives, Politics, and The Four-Way Test



Maybe I am dreaming utopia, but please play “what if” with me for a moment. Dream a bit.

Wouldn’t we be much better off, if all of us including politicians used and followed The Four-Way Test before opening our mouths, publishing our writings or setting in motion any agendas or plans?

It wouldn’t take much time. With all “yes” answers, there would be some comfort that a desired result might be received for all involved.

The Four-Way Test simply asks of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?

  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The Four-Way Test has been a significant foundation of Rotary since its beginning. It is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide to use for all personal and professional relationships.

What if using The Four-Way Test was to universally happen? (Yes I am a great big Pollyanna at heart and I do dream.) Can you fathom the possibilities? Think about it. It would massively mind-boggling.

It would always be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help us God.

All news sources could be trusted equally. There would be no reason for allegations of “fake news” or “alternative facts” and there would be no need for analysis of tweets because they all would be the real facts.

There would be no need to read the fine print, contest or argue any Congressional bills, because they would be absent ill will, favoritism or fraudulent presentation spin. They would be the real things for all the American people.

Our agreements and contracts would be fair. Our earth would be protected. Adherence to the constitution preserved.

We could talk with each other again, openly, transparently, without having to gingerly or determinedly avoid mention of political positions or asking where we get our news.

We would be confident, smile inside and smile with each other.

Told you I’m a dreamer. Utopia? Okay, you are right. But, can you agree that The Four-Way Test ought to be THE LAW?


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