Another powerful ethic that Dad taught us was to respect the privacy of others and to ignore whatever disrespect of privacy might come our way. I learned this particular lesson at a birthday party for myself in about 1946. At some point in the afternoon I wandered upstairs - to use the bathroom, I think. I passed a bedroom and heard a boy’s voice. I looked in and saw Lafay Paige, one of the young party guests, talking on the phone, to one of his parents. His back was partly turned and he couldn’t see me. Lafay was saying, “I hope this party gets over pretty quick because it’s really dull and we’re not having much fun at all. It’s really drab, so will you come and get me?” I stood there sort of paralyzed and embarrassed that the boy felt my party was dull.
Then I heard footsteps behind me. My father had just walked out of the master bedroom and spotted me listening to the telephone conversation He quietly told me to come back with him into his bedroom. I thought maybe he was going to console me, but he had another topic entirely on his mind. He said, “Teddy, let me give you some advice. Follow it, and you’ll be much happier the rest of your life.”
”Never listen to a phone call that isn’t meant for you. Never read a letter that isn’t meant for you. Never pay attention to a comment that isn’t meant for you. Never violate people’s privacy. You will save yourself a great deal of anguish. You might not understand this now, but you will later on.”
— True Compass, Ted Kennedy
"It takes NOTHING away from a human to be kind to an animal."