Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Honesty

If you speak with perfect honesty, you are not guaranteed to be speaking the truth. Only a person with perfect understanding could guarantee to speak the truth in all honesty. People often call honest speech, “telling the truth.” More accurately, it is simply not deliberately deceptive. Intention is central to the understanding of honesty.

It is easier to be honest than deceitful. Deceit requires much memory.
It is easier to be deceitful than truthful. Truthfulness requires much questioning.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Ways of Men

Q: "Why don't you respect our customs?"
A: "Our customs, have never respected me."

Q: "Why should our customs respect you?"
A: "I see no reason why they should not. Devotion without respect is gained by fear and force. I will reserve my devotion so it may be given freely."

Q: "Even if it is never given? Do you really expect all of our customs to change for you?"
A: "Isn't it better to be alone, than to be abused by a spouse? The same is true for customs, religions and all ways of men."
A: "And yes, I do expect everything to change, but not just for me. No one is that unique. I await changes for myself and all those like me."

The Ways of Men

Q: "Why don't you respect our customs?"

A: "Our customs, have never respected me."

Q: "Why should our customs respect you?"

A: "I see no reason why they should not. Devotion without respect is gained by fear and force. I will reserve my devotion so it may be given freely."

Q: "Even if it is never given? Do you really expect all of our customs to change for you?"

A: "Isn't it better to be alone, than to be abused by a spouse? The same is true for customs, religions and all ways of men."

A: "And yes, I do expect everything to change, but not just for me. No one is that unique. I await changes for myself and all those like me."

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Mutual Respect

I was a lonely child and young adult. Now that my parents are older they want my company, forgetting how they raised me. I will not adjust who I am to meet their changing needs, I will continue to respect myself.I will raise my children to be rational and I expect them to continue even in my age when I desire some level of foolishness from them. I hope they understand enough to not change for my need, but to love enough to provide what is natural for them to provide. That will be a validation and a pleasure for me.
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I strive to do unto others as I would have them do unto me. This is the same as saying, "I work at acting honestly." Realize this can be true, even when you would not do as me.
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The religion of man should be a comfort and a service to him as well as a guiding and illuminating light. Different men need different comforts and service. These also differ at different times of life. A religion should be big enough to handle difference.

Mutual Respect

I was a lonely child and young adult. Now that my parents are older they want my company, forgetting how they raised me. I will not adjust who I am to meet their changing needs, I will continue to respect myself.

I will raise my children to be rational and I expect them to continue even in my age when I desire some level of foolishness from them. I hope they understand enough to not change for my need, but to love enough to provide what is natural for them to provide. That will be a validation and a pleasure for me.

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I strive to do unto others as I would have them do unto me. This is the same as saying, "I work at acting honestly." Realize this can be true, even when you would not do as me.

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The religion of man should be a comfort and a service to him as well as a guiding and illuminating light. Different men need different comforts and service. These also differ at different times of life. A religion should be big enough to handle difference.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Building Loyalties

A man can find himself in significantly different social environments, along with the role that environment asks of him. Some of these environments will lend themselves to building friendships. Some will lend themselves to building loyalties. These purposes should not be confused. Confusion of this kind led to Judas' mistake, he acted as a friend when loyalty was ask of him. This causes many men to become traitors for honest reasons.

1. Know your environment
2. Know your purpose for the poeple you find there
3. Know the purpose each person is working to fulfill

Friendship and loyalty are not the only two purposes men can fill for you, but they are the two worthy of concern when you find yourself in a new environment.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Nudges Shape Us

The most powerful opinion is often from a person sharing your outlook. The small divergences move us. Thoughts from a strange mind often struggle without momentum. When our running mate nudges us it has more effect than the mans push from a tangent path. Look around you and take note of your running mates. They will affect you despite defense.

Exercise Truth with Questions (Fourth Part)

Truth can not be directly communicated by man. Truths must deconstruct into conceptions before transmission. Neither can truth be directly received by man. Truth is born of shifting understandings, finding fresh balance.

It is the deconstructed components of communication, conceptions, which have the potential to change the dynamic of our understandings. These are the tools of the “spiritual” orator. He has always used poetry, parables and the tools of myth to communicate his message.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Exercise Truth with Questions

1. Honesty is unimpeded by ignorance, while truth is prerequisite to a lie. There is a rigor to truthfulness, which sincerity is wholly unbridled by. Question your faith, lest you’re caught being honest, while pretending to truth.

2. Honesty and sincerity often masquerade as truth, seeking to forestall question. Truth alone, of these three, thrives on challenge and inquisition. Questions will offend sincerity and alienate honesty, but for truth they are a friend’s embrace. The spores of truth spread, not under an agreeable wind, not with a whisper, but with a bold invigorating wind; clearing the streets of leaves, left too long upswept.

3. Truth is restrained by language; handcuffs marring the wrists of understanding. Our deepest understandings and their composite truths are bound, gagged and tied by our ability to communicate. This is not a hurdle that can be leaped with increasingly direct language or stricter symbols. The particular duct tape we are dealing with is innate to man, it is in our tongues, our ears, and the primordial levers that make our mouths form speech.

4. Truth can not be directly communicated by man. Truths must deconstruct into conceptions before transmission. Neither can truth be directly received by man. Truth is born of shifting understandings, finding fresh balance.

It is the deconstructed components of communication, conceptions, which have the potential to change the dynamic of our understandings. These are the tools of the “spiritual” orator. He has always used poetry, parables and the tools of myth to communicate his message.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Exercise Truth with Questions (Third Part)

Truth is restrained by language; handcuffs marring the wrists of understanding. Our deepest understandings and their composite truths are bound, gagged and tied by our ability to communicate. This is not a hurdle that can be leaped with increasingly direct language or stricter symbols. The particular duct tape we are dealing with is innate to man, it is in our tongues, our ears, and the primordial levers that make our mouths form speech.