1: obsolete: escort, guide
2: the act, manner, or process of carrying on: management
3: a mode or standard of personal behavior especially as based on moral principles



Conduct (v.): early 14th century, “to guide,” from Latin conductus, past participle of conducer “to lead or bring together” (conduce).  Sense of “convey” is from early 15th century; that of “to direct, manage” is from 1630s; “to behave in a certain way” from c. 1710; “to convey” from 1740.  Earlier verse in the same sense was condyten (c.1400), related to conduit.  The noun is from the mid-15th century “guide” (in sauf conducte); sense of “behavior” is first recorded in 1670s.



"None of us whether Men or Women but have so good an Opinion of our own Conduct as to believe we are fit, if not to direct others, at least to govern our selves."

Mary Astell (1666-1731, English philosopher, writer, and feminist, known for her theories on her education of women)

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"Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct."

Phaedrus (a text of a dialogue written by Plato after 370 BC between him and his protagonist, Socrates)

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"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death."  

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519, Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal)

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“Your good character and attitude should be your message to the world.”

Bamigboye Ogurotimi (Nigerian writer and poet)

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"A society that does not use the intellectual power of its female population fully is not a wise society. Most women are not as tainted by mistakes in the conduct of the economy as the male population, and now they deserve an opportunity."

Johanna Siguroardottir (b. 1942, Iceland's female prime minister and the world’s first openly
gay head of government)

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"I am not the first Buddha who came upon Earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world - a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals."

Buddha (450 BCE, also called Gautama, mystic, philosopher and teacher whose teachings formed the basis of the Buddhist tradition)

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"There is an orderliness in the universe, there is an unalterable law governing everything and every being that exists or lives. It is no blind law; for no blind law can govern the conduct of living beings." 

Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 1869-1948, lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India; renown for his doctrine on nonviolent protest)

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“A society that does not use the intellectual power of its female population fully is not a wise society. Most women are not as tainted by mistakes in the conduct of the economy as the male population, and now they deserve an opportunity.” — Johanna Siguroardottir


Let’s face it.  We do not honor every member of humanity or every creation of our world.

Fortunately, we are now being challenged to face our biases, those that are unconscious and have been masked and hidden for some time.   Our underground tendencies are coming up to the surface and into the light.  And that’s good, because now maybe we can face our ugliness together and talk about our toxic conditions.

When I was a young mother of small children I could sometimes see the glaring differences of how my son was treated as oppose to my daughter.  Most are unaware that we sometimes ignore, marginalize and demoralize segments our society and inadvertently assign levels of importance to others.

As a guest on the Charlie Rose’s talk show, Theodore Melfi, the director of “Hidden Figures,” shared why he, as a white man, was compelled to make the film about three important black women of America’s space frontier.  He didn’t know why until he with Octavia Spencer and her makeup artist traveled to London, England.  They were sitting in the Heathrow’s Airport VIP lounge when Melfi needed to step way to buy a gift for a friend.  When he returned Melfi found that Octavia and her colleague had not been served their meal.  It was only when Melfi came back to the table that a waiter came to take their order.   Melfi said he needed to do his part in showing the racist and misogynistic tendencies that still exist in our world.

You know that old saying, actions speak volumes.  What also speaks loudly is our conduct towards others who are different from ourselves.  They show the level of consciousness and the depths of our character, maybe more so.

Be well, sojourners!  Enjoy this Glorious day!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya







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