My platform for this year’s election is “Slow and Steady”. People seem to put a lot of emphasis on college and university education but seem to forget the simple lessons we learn as children such as “Slow and Steady wins the race”. For me, being on the list of top ten fastest growing communities in Canada is not a good thing.
“Slow and Steady” is the moral of the parable “The tortoise and the hare” accredited to Aesop.
I have always enjoyed reading and thinking about parables and sayings from various religions and philosophies. As I slowly move into public life I find myself reflecting upon the virtues that Rome was built on. I strive to better understand and practice them in my daily life.
Auctoritas – “Spiritual Authority” The sense of one’s social standing, built up through experience.
Comitas – “Humour” Ease of manner, courtesy, openness, and friendliness.
Clementia “Mercy” Mildness and gentleness.
Dignitas “Dignity” A sense of self-worth, personal pride.
Firmitas “Tenacity” Strength of mind, the ability to stick to one’s purpose.
Frugalitas “Frugalness” Economy and simplicity of style without being miserly.
Gravitas “Gravity” A sense of the importance of the matter at hand, responsibility and earnestness.
Honestas “Respectability” The image that one presents as a respectable member of society.
Humanitas “Humanity” Refinement, civilization, learning, and being cultured.
Industria “Industriousness” Hard Work.
Pietas “Dutifulness” a respect for the natural order socially, politically and religiously. Includes patriotism and devotion to others.
Prudentia “Prudence” Foresight, wisdom, and personal discretion.
Salubritas “Wholesomeness” Health and cleanliness.
Severitas “Sternness” Gravity, self-control.
Veritas “Truthfulness” Honesty in dealing with others.