and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV
If you overesteem great men,
people become powerless.
If you overvalue possessions,
people begin to steal.
– The Tao Te Ching, Section 3
A few months after I got baptized into the LDS church, I had a good Protestant friend of mine invite me to go on this backpacking trip with him and his parents. I thought nothing of it, I hung out at their house many times over the years. My friend and his parents were always doing outdoor adventures. We start off at a meadow early, then climb up this mountain, then scramble along this ridge until we come to the trail to this lake. By the time we get there, it is late in the evening, and we set up camp.
I like to define courage as doing what you have to do when things are going crazy. In an age when whining and complaining about the things you have to do are all the rage, having the balls to step up to the plate when you may be unsure is a notable thing. Today we’ll discuss what courage is, how you can apply it differently, and how to keep yourself always prepared to rise to the occasion.
Today’s Sunday Wisdom is about peace.
Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.
– Tao Te Ching: A New English Version
This is part four of a multi-part series which discusses a method Ben Franklin used to develop his character as a man. Today I’ll go over the next three: Silence, Sincerity, and Justice. Franklin provided a quick explanation of each virtue, but I will provide my own interpretation, as well as how to employ these virtues in your life, and how it relates to red pill theory as a whole.
So far we have been focusing on strengthening the body and sharpening the mind. But so far we have not focused much on edifying the spirit.
To help with that, I will be starting a new series every Sunday. I will have a quotation or two from the Scriptures, the Tao, or another book of Wisdom along with a bit of commentary and application of the precepts taught. Continue reading “Sunday Wisdom: October 29, 2017”