August 9, 2017 – What Right Looks Like…

Armed Forces Network (AFN) is a non-profit part of the U.S. military that shows first run television meant for U.S. service men and women overseas.  AFN does not show commercials because it’s non-profit, so the network uses little known (and seen) public service announcements as well as AFN-produced segments meant for public education. It’s amazing what you can learn from these commercials (really) as well as some random silliness. One of the most memorable commercials was a series of spots where a soldier was shown doing something stupid or against Army regulations and at some part of the commercial the action would freeze, and another soldier would walk in front of the frozen frame and say, “that’s not what right looks like.”  The commercial would then rewind and the same soldier would make the right choice. The action would freeze again and the second soldier would walk out in front of the frozen frame and say, “Now, that’s what right looks like!”

It was hokey but effective, as witnessed by the fact that any soldier, sailor, or airman who served between 2009-2014 and had access to AFN knows the commercial and the message it conveyed.  You can use that phrase with those service men or women and they immediately get what you are saying. I just wish that we could use that same commercial on all American networks and have a whole series of “what right looks like” messages.

Right looks like saying “please” and “thank you.”

Right looks like letting the car to the right merge if you can.

Right looks like holding doors for people with their hands full.

Right looks like being kind to animals.

Right looks like saying “I love you” every chance you get.

Right looks like cleaning up after yourself.

Right looks like respecting others as you would wish to be respected.

Right looks like not using profanity in public or where children can hear you.

Right looks like respecting the ideas and beliefs of others. You don’t have to agree, but you can be respectful in your disagreement.

Right looks like being nice to everyone regardless of what they can or can’t do for you.


Last, I want to share a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “The time is always right to do what is right.”

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