The anatomy of human morality,
within which lies “the good”.
A vocabulary of facts and ideas that can be used to create more philosophy.
A rich galaxy of beautiful knowledge.
Rationality is empowering.
Rationality is social.
Reality is logical.
The different parts of the landscape fit together in a logically consistent fashion.
If it doesn’t make sense, it’s probably not true.
- Judge Judy
Knowledge is a hit.
- Timothy Furness
Within any system of knowledge about arithmetic, there are propositions that cannot
be proved to be true only by using other propositions from within that system of
- paraphrasing Gödel's incompleteness theorem
Apparently the same is true of other areas of knowledge than arithmetic - one area
can inform other, related areas.
A human being is a living being and a social being.
Who is the authority on right and wrong? The best of human nature.
What is the best of human nature? Working together for the good of all concerned.
In a world of people, if we do “this”, this happens, and if we do “that”, that happens.
What people do. A neutral term to describe the ways in which people behave towards
themselves and others, and play their part in wider society, with respect to certain
values and principles.
The best that people do. The best results that can be achieved within morality.
Inner transformation for the purpose of achieving the best results. Connecting with
something bigger (reality, compassion, collective joy, the natural world).
Relating to or denoting behaviour which is positive, helpful, and intended to promote
social acceptance and friendship.
Helping behaviour that is not motivated by reward for the person who is doing it.
The ancient evolutionary reasons, the original environmental pressures, that led
to the development of a trait or feature within a species.
The corresponding, modern day, psychological reasons why an individual organism behaves
the way it does.
Do one thing at a time.
Be mindful in your actions.
Your body can on only do one thing at a time.
Find the optimum social and physical strategy.
View experience with a kind and gentle curiosity.
Truth is like light - it enables you to see.
Truth is love.
... as truth never lies on the surface, it needs pains to dive deep and grasp it.
P. Lakshmi Narasu, “The Essence of Buddhism”
Love is the absence of judgement.
Observe first, judge second (evaluate).
Talking and listening are two very different things. You can’t do both at the same
You can only put your attention on one thing at a time.
Sit with your feelings. Observe them. Accept them. Describe them. In observing
and describing, bring them into consciousness.
Let them do their job and deliver their message.
Learn from observing your inner and outer worlds without judging.
Instead of ignoring Mara or driving him away, the Buddha would calmly acknowledge
his presence, saying, “I see you, Mara.”
Inviting Mara to Tea
Truth and compassion are the two most important things in the world.
Throughout nature there is a universal pressure to flourish.
If you put the right conditions in place, the flower will grow and flourish of its
Theory, discussion, and practice go hand in hand.
The world keeps speeding up, moving much too fast
- that’s why it’s full of chaos,
that’s why it’s heading for catastrophe.
Slow down - don’t be so desperate to reach the future
that you push the present away.
Treat each moment with respect,
as a friend that deserves your attention.
Greet every new experience as a guest
who’s welcome to share your life.
and feel how the stress of doing
gives way to the ease of being.
and feel how your hard shell of separateness
is replaced by a soft, spacious sense of belonging.
and see how the future fades, like a mirage,
and how the present arises, as clear and fresh as dawn.
- Steve Taylor
Making the most of being human.
“Intuitive wisdom” is the key.
A guide to morality, ethics and spirituality for atheists.
If you see what is small as it sees itself, And accept what is weak for what strength
it has, and use what is dim for the light it gives, Then all will go well. This
is called acting naturally.
Lao Tzu – “The Tao Te Ching”
You become greater by a humility toward great things.
Camille Paglia – “Junk Bonds and Corporate Raiders”
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