Ethical wills started back with Abraham when the father would impart his wisdom to his children when he thought that he had a short time to live because of the age expectancy in those days. Actually, if you read Genesis 18:19 you will see that the old testament writes of God’s Ethical Will to Abraham. This is considered the first recorded ethical will.
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius, Lord Chamberlain to the King of Denmark, shares some parting words with his son Laertes, who is about to depart on a lengthy journey to France. This was the last time he would see his son and is considered an ethical will: “Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any unproportioned thought his act.”
Gluckel von Hameln’s (Germany, 1700′s) 2nd husband squandered her financial fortune. She wanted to leave a legacy to her 14 children so she imparted her family stories, lessons learned and her philosophies by writing 7 volumes which contained her ethical will.
What is your legacy? What have you learned that you would like to impart to your loved ones? We would like to hear from you.
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