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Magritte’s painting suggests a central question: can we recognize our own biases?
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Wish Fulfillment

Believing things to be true because one wishes them to be true is a prime malady of the human condition. It is an opposite of objectivity, reflecting a shortfall of intellectual honesty. It has led to wars, famines and other guarantors of human suffering.
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Humility’s opposite, arrogance is an unjustified and inflated (immoderate) sense of self, sometimes expressed as grandiosity.
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“Why should I be good to others? Why should I care about anyone else?” Skeptics of a Humanist values system pose these questions regularly. As with the origins of life and evolution of species, we have not had the answer for most of history but it is beginning to emerge.
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Discipline – Self-Control – Self-Regulation

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. [Christian writer Roy L. Smith] Your disciplines today will govern you tomorrow. [French author Thomas Blandi] We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds . . . Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough for us to find our way back? [Dietrich Bonhoeffer] Some
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Stability, Constancy

I have constructed this model with an emphasis on change and progress but in our everyday affairs, people also need stability. It is indispensable to the development of good habits and practices. Emotionally too, people need a sense of orderliness in their lives, even people whose lives we would not
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Habits and Practices

The brain processes everything we experience and all we do. People who are skilled in any field usually have acquired habits and practices that facilitate their competence. For example, musicians rehearse because the repetitive act of playing the music over and over quite literally writes information on the brain. As
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Unlocking bits of the unseen order – penetrating into the unknown and making it known – or succeeding in many fields of endeavor is best done through concentrated effort. Most of our notable examples of learning and advancement are products of intense and sustained concentration of thought and effort, channeled
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A prime demand of the orderly life is the taming of the ego. In its pre-orderly state, the ego senses desired ends but lacks the discipline necessary to achieve them. For anyone who is committed to the well-being of others, selflessness acquires another dimension. The ego must be brought under
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