Week 27: Openness

Dignity

If human worth is the intrinsic life experience, then what is human dignity? In this model, it is the global term for being excellently developed in all three domains of being in a way that enhances human worth. Its elements are caring (emotion), wisdom (thought) and courage (action). We are
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Listening

Language is not quite uniquely human but human language far surpasses that of any other species. It is the means by which we communicate with each other, and because of that it is central to human life as we know it. Listening is the receptive end of communication, and it
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Adaptability – Readiness

Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change. [Martin Luther King, Jr.] (Man is) a tool-making animal. [Thomas Carlyle via Benjamin Franklin] It is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the
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Welcoming – Assisting – Offering: Open hands

Becoming actively involved in the world and in the lives of others is the ethical-active component of openness. The attitude is one not only of generosity but of joy, born of an open heart and an open mind.  
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Open Mind

When the facts change, I change my opinion. What do you do, sir? [attributed to  John Maynard Keynes] A truly open mind means forcing our imaginations to conform to the evidence of reality, and not vice versa, whether or not we like the implications. [Lawrence Krauss, A Universe from Nothing: Why There
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Open Heart

Probably you have heard the expression “open-hearted.” Standard dictionaries define it as frankness coupled with kindliness. The authoritative text Buddhism for Dummies identifies it with generosity, which is the global expression of kindness. Frequently, the quality is associated with children, who have not yet been conditioned to guard the free
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Openness

Konstantin Somov, Open Door on a Garden (1934) For many, spirituality may already have begun to emerge, or may have emerged long ago. For others, an additional distinction may not yet have emerged clearly. Early on, we identified willingness as sine qua non to ethical, moral, spiritual or for that
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