Moral Crosswords

What is the proper use of impressions?

Take any feeling and assess its value.

For example, I feel good about writing this poem.

Will it do me or others harm?

Not yet, at least I am unaware.

Am I doing it out of a craving or unnecessary want?

No, I need the practice, for myself and others.

Am I aware of any other necessary action?

I need to edit it.

Am I aware of any other reasons or beliefs?

Not at present, but there are plenty from my past.

Are there any other changes?

I just need to publish.

This kind of moral inventory is what is meant by learning to use the ‘proper use of impressions .’

Vermeer’s Soul

Imagine being very introspective and finding a way to steel someone’s soul.

If it were a task as simple as looking in the mirror.

Why would you do it?

Why would others want you to do it?

Magicians use smoke and mirrors, why not the artist?

The temptation to showcase people places and things must be strong in this man.

Some ones whose art inspires the world.

Pain

The Philosophy Of pain is plain and simple.

To manage it requires a steadfast approach of simplicity, compassion and patience.

To process and act appropriately to pain means to use the stoic attitude and do no harm.

To elevate pain is usually complex and will usually abate when the stimulus is removed from the equation.

To evaluate pain sometimes requires a third party like a friend, family member or a physician (perhaps all three).

To act on this advice is to make an informed decision which is difficult at best and more so with pain present or whose arrival is imminent.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pain?wprov=sfti1

Municipal Elections 2018: Four more years!

Victoria voting elected Lisa Help as mayor who was endorsed by David Suzuki to clean up this city for the future.

The progressive mandate gives all an opportunity to cooperate and collaborate in a positive vision for a better Victoria.

The inclusion will create challenges that require patience and understanding by the majority for a safe sustainable lifestyle for all.

With so many people working together greater accomplishments are possible and probable for this capital city.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Suzuki

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Helps?wprov=sfti1

Socrates Vs. The Student: God’s Messenger

God’s Messenger is implicit in this dialogue about pride and reason. The real question is hidden from view. But the most important question is whether reason is enough to motivate one into a good practice or the ‘good life’. There is some askance as to the purpose of an authority, a pride in the work and the work itself. All is to be revealed through the ungainly providence and mystery of virtue and vice.

Socrates: I do not ask just a question. I do not just define terms. What I do is not important in any formal sense. I am asking you.

Student: Are you inferring that I think about the true meaning of this mystery, nature or Devine being? I can not call on nature or the Devine in a haphazard way.

Soc: Perhaps, you can call on reason with that question. Is reason the final, the absolute way of being? Does reason have a place in nature? Is the cosmos reasonable?

Stud: I can not say anything about reason, except that I use it. And I wish to learn from you to use it well.

Soc: Then listen to my question. What is the nature of reason? If there is a god, would it behoove him to be reasonable?

Stud: I have listened and thought what my great teacher has told me. He thinks you are good. He thinks you are speaking that way because God speaks through you. My teacher did continue by saying God also speaks through a raven. Lastly, he said, “He gives His sign through a most noble messenger.” He, my teacher, I mean Epictetus, believes in the proper use of impressions.

Soc: Your teacher talks too much or perhaps this is too difficult a topic to resolve. But let me speak plainer. A philosopher is like a messenger of God. He listens to all people. He listens especially to himself. He believes in using the proper use of impressions, mostly. He believes in using them mostly to acquire the reason to ‘decide’ what to be in this life. So, let me be blunt, what do you want to be?

Stud: I want to wake up from this dream and be the best student and best teacher that Epictetus has ever laid his immense faculty of reason on, in all his days.

Soc: I’m willing to comment on the faculty of reason and the pride you feel. Reason is the greatest faculty we have in our being. It is foolish to hold pride about its fashion or use. Yet, I am not willing to say pride or reason is an answer to all things Devine. If pride is to be used, it must be set aside in favour of more reason. Do you understand?

Stud: I will awake and use my reason to govern my impulse, to use the proper use of impressions. If a little pride escapes me in the process, so be it.

Soc: Sounds good, Am I just a dream?

Stud: I’m really dreaming or I’m going a little crazy. Time to get up and get on with the day.

Pain Stops Us From Eating Any Fruit

Eating physical fruit like lemons, limes,

Eating emotional fruit like love, hate and the complete spectrum of feelings,

Eating mental fruit like reason, thoughts, and belief,

Eating moral or spiritual fruit like love, joy, peace, goodness, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, self control and patience.

This is the true definition of poverty.