Sunday, March 16, 2014


I assume this:

It is the goal and duty of each human being, each Homo sapiens, to grow sapient, to grow wise, as wise as possible, in both understanding and behavior.

To be wise means to live by values that promote the well-being of life on Earth, deemed innately precious, even cosmically precious, a wonder mysteriously wrought by the universe worthy of thriving and evolving.

That is well enough to say generically, but the devil is in the details.  Our human challenge is to decide, minute by minute, to behave wisely, beneficently, promoting good and avoiding harm, being canny enough to reckon what actions will bring the best results in particular circumstances.  To do that well takes careful guidance, training and practice. 

One grows wiser gradually.