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"The Lesson of the Flea"

In 1962 when I was just 14 years old, my biology teacher taught me what he called, "The Lesson of the Flea" and I've never forgotten it.

One hot summer day in my 9th grade biology class, my teacher pulled out a big jar, tightly sealed - it was full of fleas.

As we watched the flea’s activity, all they did was hop, hit their little heads on the jar lid, and fall back down.

Every day for five days he showed us this jar of fleas until, on the 6th day, he shocked us all by taking off the lid -

"Stand back," we said, "the fleas will jump on us."

But amazingly, as they all jumped up, not one jumped out.

Why? Because they had made that jar lid their limit and they jumped no higher.

Question - How high do you think you can jump?

How high can you really jump?

Think about it!

"Let Your Character Speak for You"

There's a lot of talk today, everywhere we go - there's talk. But here's the question- just who should we be listening to?

It was 1908 when the Boy Scout Code was written. Listen to a few of these Boy Scout laws.

A scout is trustworthy and tells the truth.

A scout is loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind.

A scout is obedient, he obeys the law.

A scout is brave and stands up for right even if laughed at or threatened.

In 1776, a man named Chesterfield said this-

"Don't speak of yourself, or against yourself, no one will listen. But instead, let your character speak for you. Whatever that says- will be believed."

"The Ten Cannots for America"

In 1992, in his speech to the Republican Convention, Ronald Reagan listed the "Ten Cannots" for our nation.

In that speech he credited Abraham Lincoln as the author of this list of "Cannots", but they were actually written and published by Reverend William Boetcker in 1942 in his leaflet entitled "Committee for Constitutional Government". The confusion regarding the authorship stemmed from the numerous Abe Lincoln quotes found on the leaflet, but these crucial "Cannots" were authored by Reverend Boetcker.

After you read these, print them out, write them down, teach them to your children, because they are true, so very true, but, sadly, almost all forgotten in our nation today.

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  • You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence.
  • You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

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