Today, November 9th, 2016, is the official establishment date of Honor Guard.
Right now (and maybe forever), it’s just me.
This is not an organization, however. It isn’t a social circle.
It’s a pledge.
That no matter what, I will remain true to myself.
That I will uphold my principles, even when it’s easier, safer for me, and harmless to others, not to do so.
That I will take a loss, if a win requires me to act against my conscience.
That I will treat people, regardless of birth, status, world view, or financial situation, like fellow human beings deserving of basic decency.
That I will be kind whenever I can, and respectful whenever I can’t.
That even when someone behaves inappropriately or hurtfully, I will not veer from my principles. I will act in the name of justice, but not for the sake of vindication, self-validation, or gratification. I will direct my anger into resolve, but not into affront or harm.
It’s not for anyone else’s sake. It’s for my own.
I will keep myself to a high standard.
To guard my honor.