is the initial letter of the Greek word BEBAEOS (Beb-i-os),
which signifies honor.
is personal integrity and excellence of character.
It is an enduring quality found in all persons who
deserve to lead others.
honorable persons conscientiously seek to recognize, to uphold,
and to encourage that which is ethical and that which is just.
With humility, they acknowledge human failings which tend
to induce the sacrifice of lofty ideas for base gains.
They are aware of the difficulty of distinguishing right
from wrong when confronted by a variety of alternative goals and
a multitude of pressures and means to achieve those goals.
But their honor is coupled with resolute courage.
They may falter and they may fail.
Yet they rise with renewed determination to do what is
reputations are their most priceless possessions.
honorable persons recognize their duties before they demand
their rights. They
respect law and promote order not because of a negative fear of
sanctions but because of an affirmative conviction that a good
society requires the stability which order provides.
members of Beta Gamma Sigma consciously seek to act honorably at
all times. Thus they confidently pursue peace of mind and happiness for
themselves even as they serve as an exemplar for others.
is a guiding star which encourages altruism, enlightened social
responsibility, and service rather than selfishness.
is the initial letter of the Greek word GNOSIS (no-sis), which
Wisdom is knowledge tested by experience and tempered by
discerning judgment. It
abhors prejudice, it insists upon freedom of thought and
Truly wise persons are aware of their talents and
achievements and do not deny or belittle them with misplaced
they are also acutely aware of their own limitations and are
sympathetic to the shortcomings of others.
They are quick to acknowledge their profound dependence
on masters who have gone before them.
They laud those who have laboriously built earlier
civilizations and they gratefully accept the rich intellectual
and cultural heritage they have provided.
They are, moreover, thankful for contributions to their
development made by family and friends, by superiors and
subordinates, by associates and antagonists.
Persons of wisdom constantly seek a better comprehension
and more fruitful application of what is known.
They are also endlessly engaged in a quest for an
understanding of what is unknown.
Although the fund of human knowledge has literally
multiplied in recent decades, the wise person happily
anticipates a future which promises to provide a geometric
expansion of this treasure store.
Confronted by a veritable flood of facts and concepts,
the person of wisdom exercises special discrimination to select,
to arrange, to relate, to interpret, and to apply.
This is a challenge worthy of the finest mind.
is the initial letter of the Greek word SPOUDE (spoo-day), which
Earnestness is enthusiasm measured by achievement, disciplined
by reason and ennobled by sincerity. It is that dynamic quality
which is essential for all great achievement.
Earnest persons reject both temerity and timidity. They
have courage to match their convictions. They inspire
confidence, invite action, and generate progress.
Without Earnestness, both Honor and Wisdom lose much of their
potential effectiveness. Noble purposes, defined with
wisdom and upheld with honor, remain evanescent dreams without
the driving power of sensible enthusiasm. The greatest
personal achievements are tributes to the blending of honor,
wisdom and earnestness in the minds and hearts of those who
lead. Rewards for the individual and progress for society
surely proceed from this wholesome union of qualities.
To each of you, much has been given in mind and body and spirit.
Of each of you, accordingly, much is expected. Earnestness
will help provide the perseverance that dispels weariness, the
forward thrust that overcomes opposition and the resilience that
rebounds from reverses. To the earnest person, problems
become opportunities for service and profit.
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