we learn what we live. my father and grandfathers treated all people with equal respect. the CEO, and the custodian. the governor and the voter. color, sexual preference, position in life, not important. content of character is. my measure of character is not in how a person treats the folks deemed important and needed, but is in how the person not important to life, in any way, is shown the same respect. I seek to be part of the solution instead of being part of the problem. that attitude is present in my adult children, and is being passed on to my grandchildren. I owe a debt of gratitude to my ancestors, that can never be repaid. being "liked" not so important. having a clear conscience is.