The first book I read by Munro Leaf was his classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand, which was published in 1936. The story is of a gentle and peaceful bull. I was reading it to a group of students and came across his book How to Behave and Why. I thought this might be a good read with how bewildered some parents are now a days with the Internet, grades, sports and drugs.
I believe the book is meaningful for people of all ages. The timeless message if followed can guide children on how to behave. The two big questions that are asked are: Are most of the people I know glad that I am here? and Am I glad that I am here, myself? So, Munro Leaf states if you answer "YES" to those questions most of the time, you have learned how to behave. Also, you will probably live a happy life. Everyone has to learn to get along with people whether black, white, American, Chinese, a different religion from someone else or a girl or boy. Munro's four main things you have to do if you want to get along with people are:
You have to be HONEST
You have to be FAIR
You have to be STRONG
You have to be WISE
This is not easy! If you are Honest and tell the truth, people will trust you. You can lose friends fast if you lie. I think this is really important. What do you do with someone who doesn't tell the truth? People get really mixed up when they tell lies. Being Honest is the most important rule of living a happy life.
Number two is being Fair. Friendly people seem to find it easy to be Fair. Munro states that the secret of fairness is sharing. This may be difficult for some people, and they find themselves left alone and unhappy. Have you played a game with someone and they can't lose? So we see that through life a Fair person usually is a friendly person and a happy person most of the time.
Number three is to be Strong. Strong not like a gorilla with muscles but having a clean, healthy mind and a clean, healthy body. So how does one do this? I believe one practices good regular habits of health to be strong.
Number four is about being Wise. If we are Honest , Fair and Strong, it wouldn't be hard to be Wise. We get along with people when we have polite manners, like saying "good morning", shaking hands, saying please, eating quietly without grabbing or quarreling, and by never acting as though we were the only person in the world who counted. Munro refers to living with other people as being like sailing together in a boat. Being wise is being respectful
So I have to agree, if we all learn to be Honest, Fair, Strong and Wise then we will learn "How to Behave and Why".