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Universal values - Truth, Morality and Justice (Read 16085 times)
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Universal values - Truth, Morality and Justice
03.07.09 at 22:21:42
Universal values
These values are the way to live your life to find freedom. [Marcus Aurelius, Meditations]
God had established a set of absolute values, including wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation. These values exist even if they are denied in everyday life. [Plato] [Cicero]
Universal values - Truth, Morality and Justice
  • Truth  
    • Truth=God. Knowing what justice is
    • Truth is God but God is not truth.
    • God is truth, but more important, truth is God. Truth is in God, and God will progressively reveal wisdom to the searcher for truth.[Gandhi]
    • The Bhagavad Gita celebrates God as truth and teaches us to follow the path that God has laid out for us.
    • Truth is God and is the salvation of a soul. [Bhagavad Gita]
    • dharma = truth
    • Truth is everything and all things.
    • God has created many roads to the truth; each person must find his or her own road. [Bhagavad Gita]
    • Persia/Iran: Ahura Mazda was the god of truth, in constant war against the lie.
      • Prophet of Ahura Mazda was Zarathustra (Zarthosht)
      • The prophet Zarathustra had proclaimed his religion centered on the Lord of Truth, who was in constant struggle with the lie. This religion was one of ethical righteousness in which a person would go to paradise if he chose the Lord of Truth, fought for the Lord of Truth with fire and sword, and spread his religion.

    • Ultimate truth is a belief. If you belief it, fair is the prize and great is the hope. [Socrates in Plato's Phaedo]
    • The way of truth and harmony in the world is the way of benevolence.[Confucius]
    • Whenever any individual rejects error, and embraces truth, a Last Judgment passes upon that individual. [William Blake]
    • If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thru chinks of his cavern. [William Blake]

  • Morality
    • Is there a separation between private and public morality?
    • There could be no separation between public morality and private morality. [Acton]
    • No separation exists between the private and public selves. The highest possible calling for an individual is public duty. [Cicero]
    • Morality has to be founded in works of antiquity.[Confucius]
    • A good, moral individual would also be a good, moral citizen.[Confucius, Socrates, Jesus]
    • Nations are not bound by any moral strictures and that a nation exists only to serve itself. Machiavelli]
    • In spite of appearances, an immoral act can never be expedient. [Cicero - De Officiis]
    • All morality was founded on the idea of natural law. [Cicero]  
      • Natural law is the belief that God exists and is revealed in the reason of nature. The entire universe is a place of reason, and the entire universe reveals the hand of God.
      • Natural law must be founded in God. [Cicero]

    • An individual can be good as well as successful. No dichotomy exists between morality and expediency. [Cicero]
    • Morality is built on keeping one’s word, or fides. [Cicero]
    • The state has no sense of moral judgment and politics has no moral dimension whatsoever.[Machiavelli]
    • The person who practices justice, moderation, and courage based on wisdom will be successful and morally good. [Cicero]
    • The government and its leaders should exercise benevolence toward ordinary people and the state should play an important role in elevating ordinary people to morality. [Confucius]

  • Justice  
    • Justice is doing unto others what you would have them do unto you.[Confucius]
    • Do others in before they do you in. [Machiavelli]
    • Ultimate justice lies in every particle of the universe willingly and joyfully carrying out the will of God.[Bhagavad Gita]
    • Courage, moderation, and wisdom—working together—produce true justice.[Plato]
    • Justice is the single most important quality that a person can possess. Each individual’s life should be guided by justice. [Cicero]
    • Justice consists of never doing harm to anyone else either to another’s person or property. The essence of justice is founded in respect for private property. [Cicero]
    • One great fault is passive injustice, which is to stand by and allow another person to be wronged. [Cicero]
    • Courage is essential to living a life of justice. An individual must have the courage to stand up for what is right. Wisdom is essential to courage. The individual must have the wisdom to know what he should defend. [Cicero]
    • Passive injustice was as wrong as active injustice. [Churchill]

  • Universal doubt? [Descartes]

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Universal values - Courage, Moderation, Wisdom
  • Courage  
    • Standing up for justice
    • Courage is the willingness to stand up and say what is just and true.
    • Courage is steadfastness in truth and doing what needs to be done, unafraid of any consequences.[Confucius]
    • Without the wisdom to understand that a nation is fighting for justice, courage is nothing more than brutality.[Plato]

  • Moderation  
    • Moderation consists of knowing when justice has been transformed into simple legality and when courage has been replaced by brutality.  
    • Nothing in excess.
    • Moderation joins justice, courage, and wisdom together to ensure that they work in harmony.[Confucius]
    • Moderation links the virtues. When any quality—even courage—is carried too far, it becomes unjust.[Plato]
    • Moderation: Nothing should be pushed so far that it becomes a wrong. [Cicero]
    • The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom. [William Blake]

  • Wisdom  
    • To know what is justice, when courage is needed  
    • Wisdom is the knowledge to recognize what justice, courage, and moderation are.  
    • The body is seen as a prison; bodily desires are the result of false knowledge and false wisdom. Wisdom enables a person to begin to shed false desires.[Bhagavad Gita]  
    • Wisdom consists of understanding karma, which means the task that an individual has been assigned by God. Karma is the role and the task of the individual.[Bhagavad Gita]  
    • The individual can gain only wisdom through suffering.  
    • Wisdom—the ultimate goal of the teacher and seeker of truth—is knowing what needs to be done.[Confucius]  
    • Wisdom is found in knowing the truth, understanding absolute values, and knowing how to apply these values to one’s life. [Cicero]  
    • Knowledge is worthless unless it is used to find and apply in life what is good. [Cicero]  
    • Wisdom consists of knowing how to apply the good to life. [Cicero]  
    • Wisdom is ultimately an act of meditation. We can come to wisdom only by sitting alone and thinking about what we have learned.  
    • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is linked to the belief in God. [Koran] [Book of Exodus] [Book of Job]  
    • The fear of the gods is the beginning of wisdom.[ref Homer Iliad]
      See also:
      Eternal questions
      Further reading:
      The work of Benjamin Franklin about the 13 virtues the describes (enlightment/romanticism thinking).
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