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The Code of the Master

Commentary This was posted to the South Plains Leather Fest yahoo group as something given when the poster was given his first leather. It is posted here as a tool for people to use. The Code of the Master

Prowess: Seek excellence in all endeavors expected of a master, seeking
strength to be used in the service of justice, rather than in personal
aggrandizement.

Justice: Seek always the path of 'right', unencumbered by bias or
personal interest. Recognize that the sword of justice can be a terrible
thing, so it must be tempered by humanity and mercy.

Loyalty: Be known for unwavering commitment to the people and ideals you
choose to live by. There are many places where compromise is expected;
loyalty is not amongst them.

Defense: As a master, seek always to defend your nation, your family,
and those to whom you believe worthy of loyalty.

Courage: Being a master often means choosing the more difficult path,
the personally expensive one. Be prepared to make personal sacrifices in
service of the precepts and people you value. At the same time, a master
should seek the wisdom to see that stupidity and courage are cousins.
Courage also means taking the side of truth in all matters, rather than
seeking the expedient lie. Seek the truth whenever possible, but remember to
temper justice with mercy, or the pure truth can bring grief.

Faith: Believe in a higher power. A master must have faith in God and
his personal beliefs, for faith roots him and gives hope against the despair
that human failings create.

Humility: Value first the contributions of others; do not boast of your
own accomplishments, let others do this for you. Tell the deeds of others
before your own, according them the renown rightfully earned through
virtuous deeds.

Largesse: Be generous in so far as your resources allow; largesse used
in this way counters gluttony. It also makes the path of mercy easier to
discern when a difficult decision of justice is required.

Nobility: Seek great stature of character by holding to the virtues and
duties of a master, realizing that though the ideals cannot be reached, the
quality of striving towards them ennobles the spirit, growing the character
from dust towards the heavens. Nobility also has the tendency to influence
others, offering a compelling example of what can be done in the service of
rightness.

Franchise: Seek to emulate every virtue of the code as sincerely as
possible, not for the reason of personal gain but because it is right. Do
not restrict your exploration to a small world, but seek to infuse every
aspect of your life with these qualities. Should you succeed in even a tiny
measure then you will be well remembered for your quality and virtue.

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