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Lawrence W. Reed talks character with Shorter University students
October 4, 2013 - Liberty is rarely achieved without personal character, and personal character defines not only individuals but also the nations in which they live. This message was at the core of special guest Lawrence W. Reed’s address this week at Shorter University.
The president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) spoke to several hundred students at Shorter University’s Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business, where he was the guest of Richard Johnson, adjunct professor for character education.
“Personal character is a requirement for a free society with the liberties we would all like to enjoy,” Reed said. “Societies produce more goods when liberty is involved. Economic freedom is very much tied to liberty, along with personal character.”
Those who live in liberty often possess similar character traits, according to Reed. Among those traits are optimism, honesty, humility, courage, responsibility and self-reliance, he said.
Reed stressed the importance of owning up to poor decisions. Whether it be a large corporation or an individual, taking responsibility is essential to earning respect.
“Responsibility means doing your best, but when a mistake is made, blame isn’t shoved off onto someone or something else,” he said. “Blaming others is not the way to handle yourself.”
Reed, who is president emeritus of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Mich., where he spent 20 years prior to assuming the FEE presidency in September 2008, said he believes it is important to hold college students to a higher standard before sending them out into the work force.
“I enjoy speaking on college campuses because I really cannot imagine a better investment. They are our country’s future,” Reed said.
Johnson said he was thrilled to have Reed speak to Shorter University students because his message hits home with students of all majors.
Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christian university committed to excellence in education. The Princeton Review annually includes Shorter on its list of best Southeastern Colleges. Shorter University is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Shorter offers traditional bachelor’s degree program in 48 areas of study, online courses and degree programs, undergraduate programs for working adults, and four master’s programs. Shorter is online at www.shorter.edu.
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