Pillar #5 - Mercy
“compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power” - Dictionary.com
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”- Abraham Lincoln
Mercy is crucial to wisdom, allowing it to function by bringing constructive resistance to the force of knowledge. It directs the power of wisdom to accomplish its highest objective, that of bringing and nurturing life. Without it, wisdom may be a cruel master, harsh and unrelenting. This mercy need be applied to myself as well as others.... Read More
"Wisdom has built her house, she has carved out her seven pillars:" Proverbs 9:1. The aim of this series is to present a non-cliche, non-religious point of view of wisdom. I do subscribe to some religious interpretations of the subjects addressed, but wish to here, only point out the common understanding of the principles.
Pillar #3 - Seriousness
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. - Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862)
Character cannot be developed in ease and... Read More
Number One - Humility
“Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
Humility is an attitude that understands others are just as important as myself. An attitude that looks to provide the needs of those around me by my hand. This pertains not only to a physical provision but to an emotional, mental, and spiritual provision. To be humble is to know I am a servant to those around me, and gladly submit to that service, not as a slave, but as my brother's keeper.... Read More
"Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear." These are the words of Thomas Jefferson, addressed to his Nephew Peter Carr. Jefferson goes on to tell his nephew to never accept the claims of others based on the mere merits of their position or authority: "In fine, I repeat, you must lay aside all prejudice on both sides, and neither believe nor reject anything, because any other persons, or description... Read More
It is a few days short of three years when I wrote This New Year Will Be Special-For Me on having been selected by this Company that I have been working for till now. I’m reminded of it now for comparing as well as contrasting how things look now, when I am on the threshold of another major change in my career & life.
I was feeling quite excited then and was looking forward to the challenge, which is easily perceptible if you read the post. A few factors made me assess it as a favorable change: First, I had secured, what looked to me then, was a privileged offer of a new job with... Read More
This is a continuation from The Question of Reality
Parapsychology is a field of study that include many non-scientific disciplines that attempt to fill the gap where scientific observations cannot go. But can such fields coexist with modern science, bridging the gap between science are reality, or are they mutually exclusive?
Many parapsychologists do not oppose science. Instead, they claim that the physical world, as we observe it, is only part of a bigger picture. The big picture, they say, includes events beyond scientific observation, and therefore beyond science. If they... Read More
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The world we live in currently, one would be very hard pressed to experience rational peace and genuine freedom. "Peace", is a rare and almost extinct commodity. It is a shadow in the memory of humanity, a mere moment in the blink of an eye that we seldom...
Nice piece Credo as usual. You mention in context at the end "for fear of making war with the Gods." The keystone of peace lies crumbling,simply because the 'Gods of war' reign supreme despite race, religion,etc. Hypothetically if religion didn't exist...
I have serious doubts about the reality of Christ, but I have no doubt that if he existed, he did not look the way as the image commonly depicted in the U S and the rest of the West does. As the early Christians made war on pagan civilizations and cultures,...