You may have heard about the book “Cowboy Ethics” written by James P. Owen, if not you should get a copy and read it. My dad gave me a copy of the book a couple of years ago for Christmas. I have reached the age in my adult life where I realize that not only are my parents extremely wise, but I want to listen to every pearl of wisdom and try to capture it.
The letter that my dad wrote inside the cover to me contains much of his love and wisdom that he has shared with me which is priceless. I was fortunate growing up in having parents that followed the Cowboy Code of Ethics. No the book by Mr. Owen had not been written yet, but they subscribed to that code of the west and lived it day to day.
I grew up watching John Wayne movies like True Grit and The Cowboys, reading Louis L’amour books with my late grandpa, and watching all the other cowboy heros on film and in real life. These influences helped to shape me and make me the person I am today. I guess that is why I left my home and traveled west to make my way in the world. If everyone would live by the “Code of the West” we might be able to do away with this monster we call government. Now wouldn’t that be refreshing?
“Principles like honor, loyalty and courage are at the heart of the Cowboy Way”