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On Wisdom: Principles: freedom

1. Freedom is a physical impossibility and a metaphysical necessity.

2. While all events must have causes, being itself cannot have a cause since nothing can exist outside of, or prior to, being. At the root of all existence, then, is absolute freedom, which is why, at every moment of our existence, we experience our own being as beyond cause and effect.

3. This is true even as we know that we exist within the flow of cause and effect, and that everything we think, feel, say, and do has causes and produces effects.

4. Choice exists at the intersection of freedom and necessity, moving across from one to the other in the temporal act of choosing.

5. Thus in contemplation the choice seems free, while in hindsight it seems the effect of circumstance.

6. Because we are simultaneously enslaved and free, we have the grace and burden of choosing how to view ourselves, though neither a vision of absolute freedom nor one of total enslavement to cause and effect can be long sustained.

7. To the extent that we view ourselves as free, we are sovereign, shards of being itself, existing within but beyond circumstance, and wholly responsible for who we are and what we do. To the extent that we view ourselves as enslaved, we are machines, not responsible for who we are and what we do, helpless to engage our predetermined destiny.

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harmony On Wisdom: Principles: harmony

On Wisdom: Principles: 
1. All delight in harmony, symmetry, and just proportion. 2. Dissonance and asymmetry cry out for resolution, depicting even more powerfully what is not there. 3. Harmony among objects is called beauty. Harmony among or within people is called goodness. 4. Sincerity results in harmony between what one says and what one knows.

On Wisdom: Attributes: Goal Of 
happiness On Wisdom: Attributes: Goal Of happiness

On Wisdom: Attributes: Goal Of 
1. Happiness is by definition the state to which all aspire. For most, that state is one of deep and lasting pleasure. 2. Such pleasure is not to be confused with transitory pleasure, which comes and goes, while happiness, to be truly happiness, must be a state that is far more stable and certain. 3. Nor should such pleasure