Many have recognized that the best contribution you can make to humanity is to know yourself and work on yourself. These teachers of wisdom are not referring to getting fit or learning more, but rather to being the change you want to see in the world. This Framework for specifies the features of such a project. Its heart is found, not surprisingly, in .
Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670: "The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts."
The Framework is a tool for your use of goodness as a guiding principle for living. It is not an instrument for making judgements about the goodness of others.
goodness, but not in God, as many great thinkers have concluded. Buddhism, for example, is atheistic. While the framework is not derived from or tied to any religious doctrine, it resonates with the deepest spirit of them all.requires a belief in
The diagram below shows the build up of Centres and Channels starting with the hierarchy revealed by the components of goodness framework.
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The Framework depends on awareness and application of the various components of goodness implicit in the Centres.
The various features in this Tree framework appear to correlate with repeated foci of philosophical debate and psychological discussions about living a good life, especially in regard to the significance of character. Whole books have been (and still are) written to affirm and illustrate the significance of just one Channel.
serving the self (i.e. egotism) v serving the other (i.e. altruism). Unlike much that is written and exhorted about being good and denying your ego (self), this Framework is unequivocal that you must serve yourself, because it is your ego-self that is necessary to serve others.targets every deliberate individual choice in terms of the intrinsic duality:
It is nonsense to say that we are «really» selfish. It makes far more sense to affirm that I must be realistic about who I am and what I do, while watching for and inhibiting inappropriate and unnecessary egocentric intrusions.
Goodness will come into our life, with its many attendant benefits, if we only perceive that our self can be an instrument for others, and that it therefore needs due care and attention. If I am to love others as I love myself, then the only limit to how much I should love myself is my level of spiritual energy.
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Originally posted: 10-Aug-2013