The place: Way out west.
The time: Not that long ago.
The cast: Blond-haired, blue-eyed Young Man; gray-haired, grizzled Old Man.
Young Man: Tell me, Father, what's "The Cowboy Way"?
Old Man: Son, we don't talk "The Cowboy Way." We live "The Cowboy Way."
Young Man: But how'm I supposed to know what "The Cowboy Way" is if you won't tell me?
Old Man: Son, you don't ask. You know.
Young Man: Does everybody know?
Old Man: Everybody knows. Not everybody lives it.
Young Man: Do the churches know?
Old Man: The churches know. They don't live it.
Young Man: Does the government know?
Old Man: The government knows. It doesn't live it.
Young Man: Is it Rugged Individualism?
Old Man: Thinking things through and making up your own mind? That's part of it but not all of it.
Young Man: Is it Self-Reliance?
Old Man: Taking care of yourself and
the ones you love? That's part of it but not
all of it.
Young Man: Is it the Golden Rule?
Old Man: Doing for others what you do for yourself? That's part of it, too, but not all of it.
Young Man: So what is all of it?
Old Man: Four words, Son: "Do the right thing."
Young Man: "Do the right thing"? But how do I know what the right thing to do is?
Old Man: You know. Everybody knows. Everybody's born knowing. Problem is, some folks forget it and other folks ignore it. That's why God made cowboys: to help the folks who forgot to remember and to remind the folks who ignore it why that's the wrong thing to do.
Young Man: Is that why the Riders in the Sky are coming to the Power Center?
Old Man: That's right. Ever since Bob Wills and Tex Ritter and Gene Autry and Roy Rogers passed on, the Riders have been America's favorite singing cowboys. These days, they're the only fellas this
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