Word of the Week by Ohm Ray, GMC Prep Cadet
Over time, many things change and evolve—including the meaning of words. As generations go by, as a population, we can see that humans are constantly evolving, and we hope to see that we are changing and growing for the better. In communities, noticeable changes have occurred throughout the years with the effect of helping and bettering others. Decency has, over time, related mostly to manners, but more recently the word “decency” is more than just a way of proper actions. Decency has a powerful meaning of right and wrong and a great value of uprightness. According to Oxford, decency means “behavior that conforms to accepted standards of morality or respectability.”
On a day to day basis, decency is exemplified through people’s actions. Decency can be seen from the small things like holding the door open for someone to major things like accepting consequences for something you have wrongfully done. Being a “good” person and making just decisions exemplifies a person’s decency towards others. Our actions and words go a long way, and a person’s decency has a major impact on one’s self, the community, and the greater good of humanity.
What does it mean have decency? Decency is way of showing behavior that is morally right and respectful to others. While attending Georgia Military College Prep School, the value of decency has been taught and incorporated into my daily life. Everyone must have decency in order to be able to cooperate with others and at GMC, the students pick up this skill easily and apply it to their lives. Having decency also pertains to the fact that students know the standards that are expected of them and work hard to meet the expectations. GMC Prep School ensures that students have the leadership skills to be a good and decent leader allowing younger prep cadets to model the behaviors. GMC Prep School makes it clear to all students what needs to be done in order to be ethically correct. Just like in our school, in our communities we are blessed to have elders who have taught us at a young age what it means to be respectful, decent, and a good person.
Having decency provides a person with the ability to better someone’s day through actions, words, and decisions. Being able to distinguish right from wrong and making decisions based on the decent solution will lead anyone to a successful future. No matter the situation, any problem can be resolved through the decency of people. A person’s decency helps others see what kind of person someone really is.