Caring — Be kind. Be compassionate and show you care. Express gratitude. Forgive others. Help people in need.
Citizenship — Do your share to make your school and community better. Cooperate. Get involved in community affairs. Stay informed. Vote. Be a good neighbor. Obey laws and rules. Respect authority. Protect the environment. Volunteer.
Simple ethics that seems like common sense. If we all could embrace these standards — what we expect from our children but seem to forget about when we grow up — what a great world we would be living in.
Pete upheld all these pillars through life, action and song.
In his song “To My Old Brown Earth” he sings:
“Guard well our human chain, Watch well you keep it strong, As long as sun will shine.
“And this our home, Keep pure and sweet and green, For now I’m yours And you are also mine.”
While this was a song of hope that he wrote for a friend who had just died the words beseeches us to be responsible and accountable for what becomes of our life, our earth, our place our home. We are on this boat together.
Three years ago I called him up and we talked for an hour about hope and what makes him think of a bright future. In his constant upbeat spirit he said being with other people who were doing good things in their community and being young in heart.
Then he excused himself to go chop wood, which he did every other day for exercise and release.
The LA Times recalled “When people asked the ever-upbeat Seeger if he ever got discouraged, he’d reply: “I say ‘The hell with it’ every night around 9:30 then get up the next morning. Besides, if you sing for children, you can’t really say there’s no hope.”
The reason people loved him so is because he constantly upheld what is right — for all.
So stand for what you think is right, abide by the pillars, sing songs with others and be like Pete.