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harmony Post by :Eddie_Scotten Category :Poems Author :Unknown Date :May 2012 Read :2044

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On Wisdom: Principles: harmony

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. Integrity results in harmony between what one does and what one believes.

5. Equity and justice are forms of symmetry.

6. Harmony requires humility, since one ought not oneself be out of proportion.

7. The external rewards of harmony are security, prosperity, and ultimately survival. The internal rewards are pleasure and inner peace.

8. Harmony is never perfect, nor is it ever entirely absent. It is always more or less.

9. External harmony increases internal harmony. Internal harmony increases external harmony. Thus when one says something true, one increases the harmony of the whole world. And when one struggles against another's oppression, one struggles against one's own.

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On Wisdom: Principles: 
1. Love is the longing of all life for being. 2. Love for others is the longing for the being of others, an emotion without which neither we nor the human species would survive. 3. Love for others motivates altruistic behavior; that is, behavior not in the interest of one's own personal survival. Thus paradoxically one's longing for being

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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.