The first paragraph of the preamble to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics is chalk full of language that thickens the blood pulsing through my American veins. In a culture of scrolling, scanning, and split-second judging, a moment to savor the words can reignite passion and purpose for those of us juggling the balancing act of marketing, contracts, and putting deals together while others simultaneously self-destruct. Below in bold italics is the Code of Ethics Preamble – and my comments inserted.
Under all is the land. <The common denominator, the reminder that we are all human, all equal, all here on this planet that we share together> Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of free institutions and of our civilization. REALTORS® should recognize that the interests of the nation and its citizens require the highest and best use of the land and the widest distribution of land ownership. <Power to the people here – sustainable/responsible use & accessbility> They require the creation of adequate housing, the building of functioning cities, the development of productive industries and farms, and the preservation of a healthful environment. <We are called to be agents of change and progress for our community- to support safe and healthy homes, the towns we live in, the businesses that our neighbors own and we visit>
I would continue on with my commenting and silent fist-pumping but will leave it there for the evening. It seems like the forefathers who penned this preamble prioritized the individual for the good of the community – that allowing individuals to take ownership of the land under ones feet will relate to the benefit of ones community. And those who are assisting in home ownership (REALTORS®) are just the people to display these values. Treating each client as someone who is benefiting the community by the sale or purchase of a home & the land that is under all – opens my eyes to the larger picture of the privilege we have. Despite all the crud that plagues the news or my personal convictions on politics, saturating myself in the preamble for a few moments this evening sparked my patriotic spirit and appreciation to call this land under my feet: home.