Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 1. General Propriety

Chapter 18. Honor and Trust

Section 2. Appropriate Manners in Acting with Honor

1. One must not covet anything that is not one's own.
2. One must not lose one's hearts to unrighteous wealth and riches.
3. One must not rely on others without due cause.
4. One must keep the thought in mind of how to requite others for favors given.
5. One must show humility when another treats one well and one must not ask excessive favors of others.
6. We must find our own faults before looking for the faults of others.
7. In either public affairs or private matters, if one cause harm, even though it is unintentional, one need to be sure not to forget to be sorry for it; in any case, one must find a way to compensate for that harm.
8. Even though one might find something dropped on the ground by accident, one should not take another’s belongings for oneself.
9. In all one's speech and actions, one must not assume a dishonest attitude.
10. Do not boast of living in a grand style to those who live nearby in need.
11. Do not try to gain excessive profit by taking advantage of the chance that the public economy is at risk.
12. One must not abuse one's official authority for one's own private benefit when one has the responsibility of being a public leader.
13. When there is any kind of misfortune to the public or to one's neighbors, regardless of whether one has responsibility in that situation or not, do not be indifferent, but search out how to be of assistance in every way and abstain from individual pursuit of pleasure.
14. Throughout one's life, one needs to reconsider often one's public contributions; and, when one finds them to be insufficient, we must augment one's efforts with a renewed sense of devotion.