Jeffrey L. Seglin
Special to the O.C. Register
Recently, on the first night of a class in professional ethics that I team-teach at Emerson College in Boston, I wrote these words on the board: “hard work,” “honesty,” “courage,” “fair play,” “tolerance,” “curiosity,” “loyalty” and “patriotism.”
Then I turned and asked the class: “What are these things?”
“Values,” a few of the students responded.
“Where have you heard them before?”
“In Barack Obama’s inaugural address this afternoon,” one of the students piped up.
He was right, of course. These are the values President Obama listed in his speech, the ideals upon which he thinks our success in meeting new challenges is based.
“These things are old,” he said. “These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.”
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