Tag Archives: Ethics

Do Your Best

The Ocean lifts the heart, stirs the imagination, and inspires the soul.

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be the better man

don’t judge, be cool

be kind, don’t be cruel

don’t assume, it’s a rule

be calm, don’t act the fool

cold jealous anger’s a bad tool

and the better man does it all well

 

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I must go down to the sea again

to the lonely sea and the sky

 

Acceptability and Conformity

A firm sense of right and wrong isn’t fashionable these days.

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It seems that unless I always agree with what others think, say, and do ~ then I’m wrong, bad, reactionary, and backward.  Worse than that, if I happen to think that what other people have done isn’t necessarily ethical or sensible, then somehow I’m attacking them.  I’m not, I just disagree.

Look at what the majority of people are saying and doing, and do the exact opposite, and you’ll probably never go wrong for as long as you live.  ~  Earl Nightingale.

Thinking and doing the opposite of what the majority is doing or has done isn’t about being different for the sake of being different.  There are lots of times that agreeing with everyone else is the right thing to do.  There are lots of times when the well-trodden path is the right one for me to take.

The challenge for me is to know when to take the road less travelled.

Thinking, saying, and doing the opposite of what others would have me do is quite likely to make me feel uncomfortable.  It’s scary, lonely, and exposes me to the harshest criticisms.  It’s never easy to be seen to be going against the grain, and ignoring the attitudes and advice of my friends, family, and wider society.  But, I’m used to being uncomfortable and the odd one out.

I feel no need to justify my ethics, attitudes, and actions ~ no matter the slings and arrows of discontent thrown against me.

Doing the exact opposite of the norm, or refusing to change who and what I am, does not always achieve the results, goals, and dreams I want.  But, I have discovered that just repeating what others do, or agreeing with what others think, doesn’t always work either.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  ~  Albert Einstein.

There are some people it would be much easier to always agree with.  It would probably make me much happier just to agree with them and go along with what they like.

It isn’t going to happen.

Some say that it’s good to be liberated and do whatever you like regardless of the consequences.  And, that if you don’t agree with the latest and most fashionable opinion, then you’re wrong and reactionary.  All I know is that I have the strongest possible self-awareness and self-discipline, and I’m happy with that.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

sometimes, a real man needs to take the road less travelled

Lies

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.  ~  Hitler

Allegedly there are 8 types of lie ~ that is an oversimplification.  I don’t believe that you can simply categorise lies.  I believe that there are an infinite number of ways that we lie, and that we are lied to, and that most often we are lied to by omission. People just don’t admit to some things they don’t want us to know.

The slickest way in the world to tell a lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time ~ and then shut up.  ~  Robert A. Heinlein.

The worst lies of all are those we tell to ourselves, and again mostly these are lies of omission.  We refuse to remember some of the bad stuff we have done in our past, and we refuse to admit to ourselves the bad things we fully intend to do in the future.  And if anyone asks us about any of that, of course we shall lie and hotly deny our past, present, and probable future sins.

Probably the biggest lie being foisted upon the world at the moment relates to the cause of the fire at the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, which allegedly was an accidental electrical fire, or something like that.  I believe that like I believe Parisian women don’t smell of garlic and cigarettes, overlaid with lots of perfume.  But if I was a Frenchman in authority, I wouldn’t want to stir up even more sectarian hatred of moslems.

But that matters not one jot.  What really matters is how much of the truth we admit to ourselves, and how much of the truth are those we care for telling us.

We should stop expecting loyalty from people who won’t even give us honesty.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

if you think you’re being lied to, then you probably are

 

 

 

Quest for Idealism

What I seek is under a spell so only the worthy can find it.

There is a button inside my psyche, its marked Self-Destruct ~ do not press  

I press buttons just to find out what they do, it’s part of who I am.  Sometimes the little things I do create a huge and unholy mess on the scale of the Titanic disaster.  Sometimes I need someone to save me from myself.

There are some things I’m searching for, and failure to make progress in any one of these quests can lead me to pressing the Self-Destruct button ~ usually with painfully disastrous results.  The snag is, the things I’m searching for aren’t easy to find.  But then, nothing worthwhile is ever easy, and sometimes I’m not even certain what it is I am seeking…

A deeper, enhanced, more emotional, more meaningfully spiritual, enlightened reality ~ connected not just to my id, but to my entire body, mind, and soul.

Relationships that are mutually supportive and in harmony, and not always on the verge of self-destruction.  A strong, trusting, loving, liberated, intimate relationship with someone I really care for and who cares for me in return.

Freedom from my black or white, yes / no thinking.  In relationships I have a strong tendency to want it all, or nothing at all.  My ethics, morals, and mores are painfully strict and old-fashioned.

Self without cognitive dissonance, anger, insecurity, intolerance, jealousy, or fear of abandonment.  A self that is enlightened, accepting of all, and understanding of all.

Truth that is not brutal, and is neither self-serving, nor hiding behind lies of omission and half-truths.

A healthy mind in a healthy body.  Continually seeking to improve my physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual fitness.

Patience, acceptance, tolerance, understanding, and a willingness to compromise ~ all of which I have little if any at all.

When you want to hurry something, that means you no longer care about it and want to get on to other things.  ~  Robert M. Pirsig

I do too much, give me an acorn and before you know where you are you will be up to your ass in oak trees.  I fight the alligators instead of remembering that I’m supposed to be draining the swamp.  My dress sense is preppy, rather than relaxed, or trendy, or fashionable.  I tend to give solutions, rather than just quietly listening to the problem.  My desires, emotions, and passions run very strong and very deep.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  This lenten season I am giving up the right to be a typical self-indulgent male, which includes dealing with some, or all, of the above ~ especially impatience.

Please Do Not Press This Button Again

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

with thanks to my Goddess

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