Friday, January 14, 2011

Lone Ranger’s Creed: “God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself"

The final issue of Dynamite Comic’s current run of The Lone Ranger is coming to an end this month, and with that it is a good time to take a look back at the Ranger.  A jaded 21st century audience will remember the hokey black and white television show or perhaps even the radio show and think of it as silly and innocent, and some days I would agree.  However, I have occasionally come back to The Lone Ranger Creed, written as a moral guide to the character, and seen that something pretty good.

The Lone Ranger Creed

"I believe.....

That to have a friend, a man must be one.

That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.

In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

That 'this government of the people, by the people, and for the people' shall live always.

That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

That sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever, in my Creator, my country, my fellow man."

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