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soul of Self interest

gary e. davis
September 6, 2020
Wondering why so many others don’t have the good sense to orient their lives relative to the better angels of our nature (or rather, by leading minds, I’ll say) might be met with a retort about who’s to say who are the best and brightest, so worthy of admirable exemplarity?

How about modeling notions of health in light of expert knowledge causing lives
to thrive. The better minds promote as much fair thriving as possible (the health professional’s calling) because such devotion is an intrinsic good (“naturally” so).

A master teacher loves enabling fair flourishing. A notable artist loves finding memorable exemplarity. The scientist loves advancment of cognitive being.

There are many instances of leading minds everywhere, after all, like many writers for leading media—“leading” because the writers give the medium its esteem—or how about an academic star?

So, given some consensus on the matter of better minds, one may still wonder
why so many persons who recognize someone they know (or read) as admirably exemplary still don’t orient their thinking to available mentors or models.

Such wondering isn’t elitist. It relates to why those better minds devote lives to scaling goodness (or whatever) as highly as they can, and enjoy sharing ventures, maybe even enabling others’ scaling through their entertaining appeal. “It’s for you.”

But so many persons couldn’t care less about, say, lifelong learning as selfidentical ideal. Well, the angels care.

The upshot could be that, although individuation is integrally appealing because self-enhancement is intrinsically appealing, that is often inhibited by subjection
to external conditions (bad child health, complacent parenting, inferior educa-tional opportunity, neighborhood violence, etc.).

Nevertheless, the intrinsic humanity of the appeal deserves to be promoted and advanced—obviously—through planned parenthood; access to health care; parent education, folks; excellent schools, home/school partnership; and community-based neighborhood development.

Efficacy of high ideals depends on their being kept overridingly oriental for one’s life, and that depends on identifying deeply with what we truly value. The depth shows as high appeal, a soul’s attraction to the scaling, mirroring one’s potential for divining exemplary humanity as one’s own.

But life is rough at times. Parents and teachers should want to cultivate sensibility that stands challenges. (You fall, you get up, you move on.) Resilience thrives best in capability for flexible engagement by astute reasoning.

Likewise for actualizing ideals of belonging, born and grown through concerted cultivation of neighborliness and community, which may potentiate enabling of others’ self-actualization later in life through solidarities, friendships, careers,
and families.

From birth onward, oneSelf wants to shape its soul through authentic individu-ation, though a child doesn’t know that: It (s/he) just is being itSelf.

Though desire for self-enhancement is intrinsic, children need enlightened parents and teachers to appreciate their potential and enjoy encouraging it— until youth enowns its possible futurity of wholly flourishing life: being with well, showing flexible mindfulness well, living graciously with the days—and much more.

Who’s to say what “more”? I’d advocate (have, will further advocate) a good
sense of life’s common uncanniness as dramatic opportunity to make a difference. I stand for a humanitarian ethos in social life. I want reliable intuition, thankful-ness, active caring, sacredness, genuineness, and creativity—and much more!

How about no apology for eccentricity and endless love of play—while also (may-be ironically) enjoying solitude, savoring its presence (even when uncanny).

next—> intuition and thankfulness



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