Week 07: Engaging the World

Execution – Keeping Commitments

An intention and an idea bear fruit only when they are carried into action. For the committed person, willingness and rationality are not part-time. Effort and openness are not merely occasional. Thinking and having new ideas are not rarities. Engagement is the fruit of commitment. It is the first step
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Conceiving – Ideas

Everything begins with an idea. [Earl Nightingale] And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. [The Bible, Genesis 1:3.] Every purposeful action begins with an idea. The architect, the composer, the author, the farmer, the coach – all begin their work with an idea. The history of ideas is rich. In fact, most of our history, in a
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Intention – Making Commitments

Every purposeful action begins with an intention and an idea. A commitment is an intention fortified by thought and experience.
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Making an Effort

. . . the doing is the point . . . [From Sally Brampton, Shoot the Damn Dog, p. 249.] No one ever accomplished anything without making an effort. Trying is the rudimentary first step toward attaining any level of skill. People suffering from depression struggle most notably with making this
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Rationality

Rationality is a predicate to reason, which is the level-two intellectual virtue in our relations to the material world. It is the rudimentary application of reason.
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Willingness

This section begins with a digression. When politicians, or judges, make decisions along ideological lines, often it is because they are unwilling to consider the opposing side. Without willingness and honesty, and an openness new information or a new perspective, a great intellect bears no better fruit than an uninformed
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Engaging the World

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. [The Bible, Genesis 3:19.] Last week, we explored the first steps in our development of interpersonal relationships. This week,
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