Category Archive: Understanding

Along Lines of Excellence

The Greeks used to say, “Happiness is the exercise of vital powers along lines of excellence in a life that affords them scope”. “The exercise of vital powers” means putting into action the energy of our life. “Along lines of excellence” means that it must follow excellence. In Greek, the word for excellence is “Arete” …

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Establishing Trust

Trust is confidence in our ability to predict an outcome. It is a level of self-assurance that we know enough about a situation or a person or a group or even a process, to make good decisions about what will happen. Trust is usually developed over time with experience tested predictions and outcomes. In a …

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Eudaimonic Well-being

Eudaimonia involves being in good spirits and flourishing and implies a state that goes beyond just seeking pleasure or happiness. Hedonism seeks a state of constant pleasure without associating any growth, meaning, virtue, excellency, fulfillment, or sense of purpose with that happiness. Aristotle believed that a fuller happiness can be developed by living a worthwhile …

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Rules for Living Well

Study and apply ethics – always think about what is the best thing to do and don’t kid yourself with the silly tricks of justification that most of us try to use on ourselves Use moral codes (distilled ethics) – understand that moral codes aren’t perfect or absolute, but they generally work for most cases …

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Ethics is a Bridge to Spiritual Advancement

Spirit is the essence of what we are and is not our body or our mind. It is the creative impulse that is a precursor to time and space and energy and matter and all things related to them. Spiritual advancement is an increase in the functioning ability of what we consider to be spirit. …

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Attention is a Resource

Attention is focus. Attention involves selection, filtering, prioritization and concentration. Attention involves how we decide to spend our valuable time. Attention is an important resource. We all understand that our time is valuable to us. But how we focus our time with our attention determines how wisely our time is spent. It begins with an …

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Ethics as Prediction

Prediction involves collecting sensory input, processing it with abstraction to produce usable data, analyzing the data to find similarities and differences, correlating the analysis with past data and analysis, then attempting to extrapolate trends and synthesize conclusions, and finally, to put all of this into a format that makes sense and can be output and …

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