What would you choose?

We make an innumerable amount of choices each day — whose severity of impact varies and can reflect on our character. I first wrote about choices in Risk, Regret, and Fairy Tales.

Similarly, Β we face certain degrees of moral dilemmas throughout our life. Here is a short, interactive video about making a choice and it explains the Heinz Dilemma, Kohlberg’s stages of Moral Development.

A movie I watched on a plane recently also made me ask myself , “What would I choose to do?”. This superb movie is called “A Better Life”.

What inspirational words do you believe in? Can you sum it up simply by the words of CG Jung?

…the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

Or do you live by a group slogans as given by Ghandi and creatively illustrated by Francesca Ramos:

I just finished reading “A Good Book — A Humanist bible” by AC Grayling. While it fell short in the “wow” factor I expected, the book was not without inspiring quotes, shared below. Sorry, no super design skills applied — I lack those.

For my next post, the book I will start reading will be “…..” by “……”. Well, I don’t know. I had a title in mind, but now I am reconsidering because I opened to the front page of another in my possession and read the dedication poem:

For she is wise, if I can judge of her,

And fair she is, if that mine eyes be true,

And true she is, as she hath prov’d herself;

And therefore, like herself, wise, fair, and true,

Shall she be placed in my constant mind

(The Merchant of Venice, II, vi)

Poetry never fails to snatch my attention. I suppose this is a problem which arises when this indecisive Libra has so many titles she wants to explore — so many choices. It is like eating at a cafe in America. You order a sandwich and a drink, but what follows is a list of choices in side accompaniments, slices of cheese varieties, toasted/not toasted, bread type, ice/no ice….etc.

Before I list the quotes from the like of writers such as Aristotle, remember also

Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.

Life

  • There is not one single kind of good that suits and fits everyone; there are as many good lives as there are people to live them.
  • For the sake of one good act, a hundred ill acts might be forgiven.
  • Even time, nature’s great healer, that heals even our most grievous sorrow, in your case has lost its power. Three whole years have now passed, and yet the first violence of your sorrow has in no way abated. Your grief is renewed and grows stronger everyday — by lingering it has established its right to stay, and has now reached the point that it is ashamed to make an end. Just as all vices become deep-rooted unless they are crushed when they spring up, so, too, such a state of sadness and wretchedness.
  • The scenes of our life are life pictures in rough mosaic: looked at closely, they produce no effect. There is nothing beautiful to be found in them, unless you stand some distance away…And even though we are always living in expectation of better things, At the same time we often repent and long to have the past back again.
  • Nature is pleased with simplicity, and does not need the pomp of superfluous causes.
  • Is nature spiteful, that we live such a brief span? Life hastens by, and ends just as we learn how to live it.
  • The wise would rather be least among the best than first among the worst…rather a tail to a lion than a head to a jackal.
  • A human life is less than a thousand months long. The wise are those who multiply their months by endeavour, living many lives in the fullness of one life.
  • Prescribe a character and form of conduct to yourself, which you can keep both when alone and in company.

Books

  • Though it is true that literature is the criticism of life, so is it also true that life is the criticism of learning.
  • Books are not asleep when we approach them, Nor do they deny us when we question them, or chide us when we err, or laugh at our ignorance. No one is ever ashamed of turning to a book…books are the golden pots of manna.

Travel

  • Some travel because they must, some because they will. Some feel a destiny, which is in fact curiosity and restlessness…some love to live in the whole world, and the whole world often responds by refusing to give them anywhere to call their own.

Love

  • For what can be more irrational than to take delight in objects incapable of response, such as office, fame, splendid buildings and personal decoration, and yet to take little or no delight in a sentient being endowed with virtue, who has the faculty of loving and returning love?
  • To seek the good is the first demand we should make upon ourselves; But next to the good, and to it alone, the greatest of all things is friendship.
  • The words of love we spoke
    Have stored themselves in our history
    To await in secret another time:
    One day they will fall, as seeds, with
    rain to earth,
    And grow green all over the world.
  • That I could shrink the surface of the world,
    So that suddenly I might find you standing at my side!
  • One pardons to the degree that one loves.
  • Love makes any place agreeable.
  • We have a choice to begin love, but not to end it.
  • Love knows no laws or conditions.

Of course, famous and great writers of our time are not the only sources of inspiration. Where else do you find it?

It may seem silly but I found a bit of inspiration in the loyalty of my dog who passed away from a tumor around this time of the year, but some years ago. Her name is Heina (pronounced the German way).

How it happened, I don’t know… She is half dachshund and half dalmation — a mutt like me.

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