God save me from my friends. I can protect myself from my enemies.—-Voltaire
A rational man accepts no unchoosen obligations, no “duties” without regard to any personal goal, motive, desire or interest. He is a man who honors scrupulously the obligations which he chooses. The obligation to keep one’s promises is one of the most important elements in proper human relationships, the element that leads to mutual confidence and makes cooperation possible among men.
Throughout my life I have constantly surprised others when immediately after I say I’m going to do something, it is done. I have never understood how a person can state that he will do some deed and then neglect it.
The most common are the complaints. When there is a complaint, if it is a rational one, then something is wrong. How can a person just let it be? I must be more of a man of action than anyone else I have met. When I see that something needs to be done, or that there is a problem, I do what needs and can be done about it. I cannot and will not live with problems that can be fixed. Isn’t it well known that a minor problem can grow into a very serious one?
I’m reminded about one of my favorite maxima in regard to honesty: “The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold” -Aristotle.
But, back to obligations, I consider while living in society that a man’s reputation is one of his best and greatest assets. To be known as a man who keeps his word, his promises, is dire. It is also a mark of integrity. I cannot and will not deal with unreliable fools. They are a threat.