Alexander Vs. Aristotle: Traits

In the debate, the dialogue between teacher and student is reaching for the future.  Alexander the Great reminds himself of the love he has for philosophy by remembering his encounters with Monks during his warring years around the world.  But he discusses the secret practice his teacher has shown him from his school days.  Aristotle tries to convince his student to build his mind through building his brain.  And that mental exercise is the only way to apply philosophy that is very near sacred to his pupil.

Alexander the Great:  I am a mature man Aristotle.  Yes, you have shown me that I love philosophy and that to keep my practice secret to allow it to bloom and acquire strong roots before declaring myself.

Aristotle:  I said to apply the philosophy you learn to all your affairs.  As a master of war, you have gained a hypervigilant manner to pursue all your goals in the empire’s campaigns.  This has given you great gifts of conquest.  But now you are home from war.  Your practice must reflect more compassion and a renewal of your secret practice.

Alexander:  I only use the proper use of impressions and no longer do I do any harm.  I do not act on desire.  I only act on aversion to regain my sense of compassion.

Aristotle:  To practice virtue will gain you the good life.

Alexander:  Somehow building my brain with virtue practice, does not seem like a way to regain my compassion.

Aristotle:  But you also practice doing no harm to yourself or others.  And you eat well, exercise and sleep.  You must remember what it was like to be a child.  Your child is still within you.

Alexander:  I may be able to shape my mind, but I am too old to shape my brain and body as a child must do.

Aristotle:  You must always eat, sleep and exercise.  It does not matter how old you are to find benefit.  You have been a soldier leader most of your life.  And your brain is still under this suspicion.  But now you need compassion and inner peace.  You no longer need to war.  You need compassion and peace.

Alexander:  I believe I can leave this trauma in the past with war.  I will relearn compassion to find peace once more.

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 .’

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.

What Is Worth The Argument?

To have faith or believing in arguments that conclude in virtue,

To question and inquire how to be noble in conduct and behaviour,

Not for the sake of behaviour, conduct, virtue, argument or faith,

But to learn not to act on needless desire, assertion, impulse, repulse or moral certitude,

And to practice doing this process in all our affairs,

As if logic itself is the product of such a process.

True sensitivity helps us respond to our reaction, impulsivity, repulsiveness and unwanted desire,

This hard work heals our souls with good decisions that lead us to the proper use of those behaviours, conductors,virtues arguments and faith.

Not the other way around…

My Followership

Finding the right community is all about best practices.

The editor is the god to producing an appropriate audience.

To use finding tools like best practices and being a good editor is an organic thing.

It doesn’t hurt to use good communication like followers appreciation.

My followers start and end when you say so,

I like you when I can, I am asking you to return the compliment.

Thanks for all the support.

Michael’ Secrets

Perhaps ‘private practice ‘ is a better term.

I usually make a first and second draft.

Why fly without a net, I can see why I might keep money secrets, writing secrets, blog secrets.

Being anonymous has similar benefits,

Preparation is better than sloppy craft or a poor choice.

‘Do no harm’ is my motto, better ‘Michael’ is my goal.