CODE OF HONOR
The Code of Honor contains 15 tenets that we strive to live by. It is intended to reflect some basic core values that all the men can rally behind, support and use as a benchmark for the ways of being we can expect from one another.
- 1. Commitment Before Ego
- 2. Honor the Truth
- 3. Respect Confidentiality
- 4. Keep Your Word
- 5. Be a Three Dimensional Man
- 6. Be Prepared
- 7. Defend Humanity
- 8. Always be Faithful to the Men
- 9. Defend the Code
- 10. Never Engage in Battles with Weaker Opponents
- 11. Fight only Honorable Battles
- 12. Earn and Honor Rank
- 13. Be Humble
- 14. Embrace all Men
- 15. Be an Example to Children
BE A THREE DIMENSIONAL MAN
The wood chosen to represent this tenet is Walnut – The walnut tree gives on many different levels. It is a strong wood, used to construct sturdy and dependable furniture and shelter, it also provides clean burning aromatic firewood and has been used by Native Americans to conjure the spirit and of course the tree produces lots of walnuts a valuable source of rich nourishment if you can break through the hard shell.
The symbol representing this tenet is three interlocking rings. The rings represent the three dimensions of a successful man -resolve, compassion, and humor – each intertwined and inseparable from the others. The center, where they intersect reflects a place of balance and full strength.
This tenet simply asks men to have a little depth. Don’t be a one trick pony. In MDI, we strive to be multi-dimensional men and look to two different constructs. One example of a three-dimensional man is illustrated in the Sterling Men’s Weekend: one part Clint Eastwood, one part Gandhi, and one part Curly of the Three Stooges. It is said these three men embody the three aspects of manhood necessary to be a well-rounded man. Clint embodies the unshakable ego that strengthens our resolve to grab our balls, trust our gut and get the job done without pausing to question ourselves. Gandhi embodies the spirit that connects us to one another and provides the resolve to endure great pain to obtain a higher purpose and to do so with humility. Curley embodies the wisdom of a man who can laugh at himself and is indifferent to how others view him, allowing him to be true to himself.
In Legacy Discovery, we speak of the varied attributes of the Warrior, Lover, Magician and King: the resolve to take on a challenge not for glory but because it’s the right thing to do; the ability to see the world through another’s eyes; the willingness to continue to question everything; and the desire to allow others to share in your gifts and abundance. Simply put, to succeed, a man must have the depth to look beyond his immediate needs and should strive to be well-rounded by learning to access a variety of tools within his “tool belt”.
Few men succeed in maintaining a balance among their many dimensions. And many men struggle to embrace a dimension that is just not within them. It is hard to imagine Curley on a hunger strike, Gandhi imploring some punk to, “make my day” or Clint doing the Curley shuffle. And therein lies the challenge. Identify the dimension that represents your strength and then draw from those men who embody the dimensions that are your weakest. No one needs to master ever dimension but the best leaders know where to look to cover their blind spots.
It is easy to spot those men; you have probably already identified them in your life. They are the men who push your buttons. Whose priorities make no sense to you, whose way of being is foreign to you and uncomfortable for you to embrace? These are the men who have the most to offer you and for you to give to them. To work in harmony with these men is to be at the intersection of the three circles, to be at the heart of masculine power.