In this age of moral uncertainty – as exemplified in the large by Lance Armstrong, the Nkandla saga, the Syrian war (or rebellion), the Marikana shootings – there is a need for guidance for the ‘common man’. We can no longer look and accept politicians, business leaders, even sports stars as icons. We need to to determine a common cause guiding our actions.
Rotary has such a guide, called the ‘4 way test’. It takes out the ‘I’ or ‘you’, and replaces with us, the common good. It works both in the large (as above) and small scales, when the man in the street, the Rotarian, has to make a stand.
One such case exemplifies this. Many airways world-wide claim to be wheelchair friendly, with toilet facilities suitable for passengers on wheelchairs. More often than not, these claims are misleading. A Wynberg Rotarian – Are Hovstad – took it upon himself to change this, and contacted the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with these charges.The nett result is that IATA will start ensuring that all airlines upgrade their practices and offer the correct facilities.
It is by these small measures by individuals that our common good advances.
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
[First reported by The Cape Times: 28 January 2013. See Original here]