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Ten Rules for Living

In Keeping hope alive on November 25, 2013 at 8:20 am

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1. Be Idealistic. Whether it’s in the philosophical concept of the Good, or the Judeo-Christian God, or in the nebulous Brahman, idealism transforms our primal nature into something higher.

2. Protect Idealism. Whether it is in a child’s love of nature, or in an idea of international law, protect idealism in all its forms with all your strength because it is incredibly rare.

3. Feel Compassion. Direct goodwill out in the world. It is hard to hold onto a petty grudge when you know that the object of your disdain, like you, is living on this planet briefly and then passing away. Compassion for a fellow mortal puts it all into perspective.

4. Pray or Meditate. We must pay attention to our inner needs. This can take the form of a novena, or a yoga asana or a Tibetan Buddhist chant. It will strengthen sanity, bring unity to our complex drives, and help attain a strong “I,” while bringing us closer to the ultimate “Other.”

5. Create. How else will anyone know that you have been a part of life? Write, play music, paint, sculpt, or draw. Show the world what you are artistically.

6. Be a Maverick. Go where no one else has gone before. Do what no one else has done before you. Call life an adventure and solve it in a way that no one else ever has.

7. Be Curious. For some bizarre reason, we have curbed the idea of learning into the first eighteen years of life, and only then to learn how to do a trade, spend the rest of our lives doing that trade euntil retirement. Learning should never stop.

8. Don’t Be Materialistic. Show me how a man treats another man, and you’ll see how he treats himself. Voilent emotions and black thoughts arise from the futile attempt to grab onto the ever-changing world and its seductive charms.

9. Improvise. There are no set formulas to life. Play it by ear, learn, do good in many ways, explore beauty, improvise.

10. Edit. Learn from your mistakes and apologize when an apology is needed. Use results gained from your curiosity to do things better. Improvise better until you can improvise no more.

By Peter Nkruma

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