We all use and enjoy material goods in our daily lives, and most of us simply couldn't get by without them. And there's nothing wrong with that, as long as the desire for material goods doesn't control us and our actions.
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Each of us views life through our personal filters and no single person sees the world in the same way. The world that you see is actually completely of your own making.
Your little world is like a solar system, in which you are the sun. The other planets people, experiences, events revolve around you. You see everything from your own unique place as the sun, the center of the universe. No one will ever have the same thoughts, experiences or feelings that you have had or will have.
The interesting twist is that everyone else is the sun in their own solar system, too. We can sometimes see this reality with heartbreaking clarity: And you are in yours. How are worlds created? We are individuals, living in a world with thousands of little events happening on any given day.
Sometimes these events are personal -- I get a new job. Sometimes these events are within our network -- my sister gets married. Sometimes these events are global -- a natural disaster strikes.
For every single event, we stand at a crossroads and decide what meaning will be imposed upon it. I like to picture every moment as a piece of paper.
Stephanie has lunch with her brother. That lunch could go many ways. We could fight, be playful, connect emotionally, share stories or simply enjoy the food and company.
As I attach a meaning to that event, I mentally file it away as a part of my world, adding yet another sheet of paper to the millions that already exist. We never know what sheet of paper will be handed to us next. Really, all that we control is the percent of the page that is still blank: This meaning is constantly being created and updated, but it is always within our control.
Why do we create these worlds? We all want happiness and are constantly pursuing that goal - sometimes clumsily, sometimes gracefully, always in our own way.
No one among us wants to suffer. However, the majority of us labor under a serious misconception that happiness comes from external events.
Maybe for you the magic words are "You fall in love! But that paper is just going to be replaced by a new page, and another page, and another Happiness is a state of internal fulfillment.
Happiness is not the result of external events. We labor under the misconception that external events are within our control. We tell ourselves that when we achieve what we want or acquire what we desire, happiness will be ours.
We attach meaning to events in a desperate attempt to address the longing of our hearts to understand our own internal selves.This translation of The Law was done by Dean Russell of The Foundation staff.
His objective was an accurate rendering of Mr. Bastiat's words and ideas into twentieth century, idiomatic English. A nineteenth century translation of The Law, made in in England by an unidentified contemporary of Mr.
Bastiat, was of much value as a check against this translation. It was one of the rules which, above all others, made Doctor Franklin the most amiable of men in society, "never to contradict anybody." If he was urged to announce an opinion, he did it rather by asking questions, as if for information, or by suggesting doubts.
The core content of this website, which focuses on the philosophy, science and art of true self-knowledge, particularly as taught by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, is arranged into four main sections. Translations.
Videos. Links to all the pages on this site are given in the Site Map, of which the following is a high-level summary. What’s New. The Crossroads of Should and Must This is a story about two roads — Should and Must.
It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should for far too long — months, years, maybe a lifetime. Aristotle: Politics. In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle ( B.C.E.) describes the happy life intended for man by nature as one lived in accordance with virtue, and, in his Politics, he describes the role that politics and the political community must play in bringing about the virtuous life in the citizenry.
The Politics also provides analysis of the kinds of political community that. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. This is the Serenity Prayer, originally written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr around , and commonly used by Alcoholics Anonymous and similar organisations.