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.  

An exploration of “bottom-up” moral philosophy.  

 

 

 

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 knowledge.  

- 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.  

 

 

 

PRIMARY VALUES

 

 

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.  

 

 

 

“Morality”

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.

 

“Ethics”

The best that people do.  The best results that can be achieved within morality.  The “good”.

 

“Spirituality”

Inner transformation for the purpose of achieving the best results.  Connecting with something bigger (reality, compassion, collective joy, the natural world).  

 

Prosocial

Relating to or denoting behaviour which is positive, helpful, and intended to promote social acceptance and friendship.  

 

“Altruism”

Helping behaviour that is not motivated by reward for the person who is doing it.  

 

“Ultimate explanation”

The ancient evolutionary reasons, the original environmental pressures, that led to the development of a trait or feature within a species.  

 

“Proximate explanation”

The corresponding, modern day, psychological reasons why an individual organism behaves the way it does.  

 

 

 

Slow down.  

Relax.  

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.  

Be comfortable.  

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 time.  

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 own accord.  

 

 

 

Theory, discussion, and practice go hand in hand.  

 

 

 

 

Slow Down

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.

Slow down,

and feel how the stress of doing

gives way to the ease of being.

Slow down,

and feel how your hard shell of separateness

is replaced by a soft, spacious sense of belonging.

Slow down,

and see how the future fades, like a mirage,

and how the present arises, as clear and fresh as dawn.

- Steve Taylor

 

 

 

 

Was es ist   [what it is]

 

It is madness

says reason

It is what it is

says love

 

It is unhappiness

says caution

It is nothing but pain

says fear

It has no future

says insight

It is what it is

says love

 

It is ridiculous

says pride

It is foolish

says caution

It is impossible

says experience

It is what it is

says love

– Erich Fried (translated by Stuart Hood)  

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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