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Thoughts on… Conscience and Consciousness

“Cogito ergo sum.” (I think, therefore I am)   —René Descartes, from Les Discours de la Méthode, 1637

“There is an imperative which commands a certain conduct immediately, without having as its condition any other purpose to be attained by it. This imperative is Categorical… This imperative may be called that of Morality.”   —Immanuel Kant, from Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Ethics, 1785

“My conscience hath a several thousand tongues, and every tongue brings a several tale, and every tale condemns me for a villain.”   —William Shakespeare, from King Richard III, 1593

Throughout eternity an infinite stillness reigns wherein the conscience may talk with the individual… it must be heard.”   —Sören Kierkegaard, from Purity of Heart, 1846

“Within the realm of the consciousness of every individual there are two assessment paradigms that exist at the very foundation of consciousness. One of the paradigms abhors being scrutinized and propels us into a life where freedom is an illusion, yet proclaimed as fact. The essence of this paradigm is egoistic and its intention is to exalt self. The other paradigm delights in being scrutinized and compels us into a life that can be one where freedom is an explicit reality. The essence of this paradigm is empathy, or love.”   —Ben Nelms, from The First and Final Paradigm, 2008 Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts on… Human Interaction

“Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it away.”   —William Allen White

“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”   —Benjamin Disraeli

“Ira furor brevis est.” (Anger is a short madness)   —Horace, from Epistles, book 1, number 2, 1.162

For as the nature of foul weather, lies not in a shower or two of rain; but in an inclination thereto of many days together: so the nature of war consisteth not in actual fighting, but in the known disposition thereto during all the time there is no assurance to the contrary.”   —Thomas Hobbes, from Leviathan, 1651, part 1, chapter 13 Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts on… Awareness

Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise it would be called sure-thing-taking.     —Tim McMahon

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just be doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.     —Aristotle

Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls must dive below.     —John Dryden, from All for Love (prologue), 1678

Fulfillment comes, not from having dreams, but from living them.     —Ben Nelms, from The First and Final Paradigm, 2008 Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts on… Truth and Doubt

Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.     —an inscription on the mantel of the ancient Hinds Head Hotel in Bray, England

The poverty of the saint, of the rapt philosopher, of the naked Indian, is not comic. The lie is in the surrender of the man to his appearance; as if a man should neglect himself and treat a shadow on the wall with marks of infinite respect.     —Ralph Waldo Emerson, from The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1904

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