In Praise of Virtue

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:25 pm

The man down in Nature occupies himself in guarding, in feeding, in warming and multiplying his body, and, as long as he knows no more, we justify him; but presently a mystic change is wrought, a new perception opens, and he is made a citizen of the world of souls: he feels what is called duty; he is aware that he owes a higher allegiance to do and live as a good member of this universe. In the measure in which he has this sense he is a man, rises to the universal life. The high intellect is absolutely at one with moral nature.
From Emerson, "The Sovereignty Of Ethics"
The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. -- Emerson

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:48 pm

Brothers and sisters, continue to think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.
Philippians 4:8
The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. -- Emerson

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:00 pm

8. The best (man) is like water.
Water is good; it benefits all things and does not
compete with them.
It dwells in (lowly) places that all disdain.
This is why it is so near to Tao.
[The best man] in his dwelling loves the earth.
In his heart, he loves what is profound.
In his associations, he loves humanity.
In his words, he loves faithfulness.
In government, he loves order.
In handling affairs, he loves competence.
In his activities, he loves timeliness.
It is because he does not compete that he is
without reproach.
Lao Tzu
The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. -- Emerson

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:57 pm

Under the auspices and direction of Divine Providence,
your forefathers removed to the wilds and wilderness of
America. By their industry they made it a fruitful, and by
their virtue a happy country. And we should still have enjoyed
the blessings of peace and plenty, if we had not forgotten
the source from which those blessings flowed; and
permitted our country to be contaminated by the many
shameful vices which have prevailed among us.
John Jay

Too many vices today, as in 1770s, flow from forgetting the Source of blessings!
The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. -- Emerson

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:16 pm

A common affliction of those who signal their so-called virtue.
Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Friedrich Nietzsche
The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. -- Emerson

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by dzogchungpa » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:46 pm

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:16 pm
A common affliction of those who signal their so-called virtue.
Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Friedrich Nietzsche

Indeed.
If you focus on an object, you are not meditating. - Dudjom Rinpoche

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:57 pm

Self-centeredness is thus a necessity of life, but this necessity is also a sin. Self-centerednessis an intellectual error, because no living creature is in truth the center of the universe; and it is also a moral error, because no living creature has a right to act as if it were the center of the universe. It has no right to treat its fellow creatures, the universe and God or Reality as if they existed simply in order to minister to one self-centered living creature's demands.
Toynbee
The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. -- Emerson

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:08 pm

And so in the days when natural instincts prevailed, men moved quietly and gazed steadily. At that time, there were no roads over mountains, nor boats, nor bridges over water. All things were produced, each for its own proper sphere. Birds and beasts multiplied; trees and shrubs grew up. The former might be led by the hand; you could climb up and peep into the raven’s nest. For then man dwelt with birds and beasts, and all creation was one. There were no distinctions of good and bad men. Being all equally without knowledge, their virtue could not go astray. Being all equally without evil desires, they were in a state of natural integrity, the perfection of human existence.
Chuang-tse (ch. IX)
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nyedrag Yeshe » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:34 pm

It is indeed worthy of great praise, when man treats man with kindness! Shall we advise stretching forth the hand to the shipwrecked sailor, or pointing out the way to the wanderer, or sharing a crust with the starving? … Nature produced us related to one another, since she created us from the same source and to the same end. She engendered in us mutual affection, and made us prone to friendships. She established fairness and justice; according to her ruling, it is more wretched to commit than to suffer injury. Through her orders, let our hands be ready for all that needs to be helped.
Seneca, Moral Epistles 95.51.
“Whatever has to happen, let it happen!”
“Whatever the situation is, it’s fine!”
“I really don’t need anything!
~Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje (1161-1211)
ओं पद्मोष्णीष विमले हूँ फट । ओं हनुफशभरहृदय स्वाहा॥
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