Decency and courage is something that we all could use a little more of in this world. Especially in a time where these things have taken a backseat. Decency is a behavior that conforms to an accepted standard of morality and respectability. Think with me about the accepted standard of morality in America. What is it? Does anybody really know?
It’s really hard for an individual to have decency if no one really knows what is the accepted standard of morality. We’re in desperate need in our world of re-evaluation of our moral compass and a good dose of courage to live by it. I’m reminded of the story that exemplify’s what I’m writing about.
The great Jackie Robinson didn’t make it alone (no one does). When Robinson first put on a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform in 1947 and walked onto Ebbetts Field in Flatbush, you could hear people booing in the stands.
Peewee Reese, the Dodgers shortstop from Louisville, ran out to Robinson and stood next to him. The boos began to diminish. Eventually, the entire Brooklyn Dodgers team strode to Robinson and stood by him as well. In minutes, the cheers and applause drowned out the boos.
Jackie Robinson had been the proud recipient of a man’s act of decency and courage. Feelings are very contagious. People just need somebody that will step out from the crowd and do the right thing. Many times it’s just a single act of decency that motives a whole group of people to stand up and do what’s right.