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Using values to parse options would increase self-esteem

Increase Self-esteem
Using values to parse options would increase self-esteem.I arrived at this thought while reading my Exeter class notes. I began to use my ontological values - tolerance, democracy,helpfulness and non-idolatry -as a means of considering life choices I had made.Exeter continues to impress me beyond anyschool I ever attendedand I now understand that it is because it strikes me as having mirrored these valuesat least to some extent,and to have had a similar impact on classmatesmore than a half-century later.I do not have anything approaching a similarfeeling for the college I attended.Nor for most institutions of higher learning in the US.The reason now seems to me not my manifestfaults and abnormalities,but the relative absence of these values at college.Had I been aware of the massiveimportance of these values, I doubt I wouldhave decided to attend my college.I would have gravitated to one of the few institutions where these valueswere more manifest.The College of W…

Virtues cut both ways. Values lead to progress.

Virtues cut both ways. Values lead to progress. An elementary grammar of ethics reveals itWhat do courage, honor, hard work, patience,loyalty and carefulness have in common?They are all virtues.And they are all binary,meaning that they can be either-or,either positive or negative.Run through them.Any virtue can morph into the ugly,the harmful, the deleterious.Values stand up much better.They are ontological.The ontological values of Triadic PhilosophyDemocracy Tolerance HelpfulnessNon-idolatry.They are generals, universals.Each can lead to considered actionswhose results prove positive.These values powered the Presidential election of 2012.Had the GOP wonyou would have heard the virtues noted hereapplied to the winners. Check out Triadic Philosophy 100 Aphorisms at Stephen's Remarkable Kindle Store