Principle 9 Liberty 3

Principle 9, third week
This week’s principle is  #9, The Principle of Liberty” it says: “When You Harm Others You Remain Enchained, But If You Do Not Harm Anyone You May Freely Do Whatever You Want”.

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First time here? Then you should know…
Every month we focus one of the 12
Principles of Valid Action. These acan be found in Chapter 13 of the book, The Inner Look. Each week we look at a different aspect of that principle. 


We take the time to think and talk about each principle, not just in order to understand it in itself, but also to begin to reflect more rigorously about our behaviour. These principles, or guidelines, or however you think of them are elements that we can form into a discipline which can be practiced at every moment and in every circumstance. They are a kind of dynamic meditation. With time and application these efforts will give all my activities a particular tone, mood, and mental direction.  Our goal is to weave these general ideas that you can weave together into a coherent style of life.

Coming up:
Last week we reflected on how we applied it or could have applied this principle in the past, and what the consequences were, or might have been. This week we’ll focus on how we are applying, (or could apply) this principle in the present moment. The fourth week we’ll explore how we have might apply it in the future. 

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Principle 9 Liberty 2

Principle 9, second week
This week’s principle is  #9, 
The Principle of Liberty” it says: “When You Harm Others You Remain Enchained, But If You Do Not Harm Anyone You May Freely Do Whatever You Want”.
I find this principle an easy one to relate to since looking back at my life so far almost the only things I feel bad about, or would change, are situations where (intentionally or not) I hurt others. Even when these events took place so long ago that I almost feel they happened to someone else, after all this time, I feel enchained to those situations.

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Why the picture of this monkey? Read on…

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Conscience, Objective Morality, Monkey Biz

Morality and our sense of justice (or injustice) are interesting things: is there some sort of “objective” morality? Is there a “conscience” that is the same in all of us?

For many “believers”, it is only their particular faith that holds the key to right action. In all seriousness they ask whether, without god, non-believers, “atheists” or others can even act morally. They could ask my friend Jamy...

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