Chonguns have one of the most beautiful abilities in our community: to pardon those who have been convicted of a crime to be free and clean their records of that conviction giving him or her a second chance for a fresh start.|
Through time it has been It has been a long-standing tradition that the Chongunate will hear the appeals of convicted people and provide clemency to individuals who have demonstrated that they have paid their debt to society by constantly bringing good deeds in assistance of others. This ability of pardon is a service, not a right and should not be taken lightly as there's a strict regimen to be followed.
While we Chonguns strive to aid people who truly wish to repent for their mistakes, there are moments in life that we may be confronted with others who wish to take the easy way out and skip the whole process with a bribe. Sadly, something that hasn't happened in a long time was attempted recently which shown us that such person's intentions were not genuine.
However, it takes an honest person to deny a bribe and bring forth such actions known to his peers. While for Ferro this may not have seemed like any special deed as to him it was part of his duty, I believe that this shows one of the true facets of honesty: respecting others without relying on temptation to lie, cheat or steal. His actions in not just denying accepting a bribe, but also denouncing the practice shows how trustworthy he can be. Honesty is considered by our path one of the eight honorable virtues.
I therefore recognize Ferro today for his acts of Honor. May his genuine act serve as inspiration to others to choose the righteous action.