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How do individuals decide what is right rather than what is convenient to do?

In his Talk, Edward Snowden mentioned that he choose to act based on what was right rather than what was convenient for him. I think that this particular topic should be further explored, especially when there exists significant personal costs and risks?

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    Apr 18 2014: Esteban,

    I like the resolution the message is clear. Yes the Truth gives us what each deserves, it can validate one to be attractive to what is good in Life.

    The really real things have the characteristics of being true to what they are and are not counterfeit imaginings.

    If one smiles on top of a snarl they may be smiling but they won't be smiling long.

    I would like to wish you a Happy and Joyous Eastertime.
    • Apr 19 2014: Larry,

      It's more like the smile and think they are snarling … said in a different way... they want to do you harm and get in the way and end up helping you by getting in the way… getting in the way or not getting in the way either way they end up helping you and everyone else… they could choose to enjoy helping others but some choose something else…if it's going to happen regardless of what one does well seems better and right to make the best of it…

      Happy joyous easter time … remember to focus on divine love! Yea thats another way people determine what be right rather than convenient to do!
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        Apr 21 2014: I really, really like your idea of the something else. I only need to know two things, the Something and the something else. I am not quite certain how I will come to know the something else other than by what it isn’t. I might be better off not to try to get to know it any further. Might be best to only know Something.

        In burrowing to the core of your proposed topic I find what is central to deciding. The place where all decisions are brought forth. The “How do individuals decide?” is determined by core beliefs. This is the alter of one’s mind, the energy, the heart, the core, the what is of what is central to thought processing. At this level a decision of belief becomes of the greatest importance, it will determine Life as it is or isn’t and everything in it. I would like to present just how powerful such ideas can be should one come to believe in Something.

        "I am as God created me."
        One thought would be enough to save the world. If you believed that it is true. Its truth would mean that you have made no changes in yourself that have reality, nor changed the universe so that what God created was replaced by fear and evil, misery and death. If you remain as God created you fear has no meaning, evil is not real and misery and death do not exist. One idea is therefore all you need to let complete correction heal your mind, and give you perfect vision that will heal all the mistakes that any mind has made at any time or place. It is enough to heal the past and make the future free. It is enough to let the present be accepted as it is. It is enough to let time be the means for all the world to learn escape from time, and every change that time appears to bring in passing by.

        God creates Love and results are the evidence.

        I always seem to engage in a conversation with you in which I become the benefactor of much more than I started with. Perhaps it is the non-conflicting goals.
    • Apr 21 2014: Larry,

      Now I really liked most of what you said… in particular the notion that it just might be best to only know something; of course through knowing something! BTW I use the reference something else to point to certain stuff without naming the stuff and maintaining the focus on something.

      Now in regards to the one thought that would be enough to save the world… -- God's will be done--. I think we be in time and space to learn to live in time and space… and maybe even make this space and time a bit better for everyone! It seems many seek to escape from what happens to be rather than learn to deal with it once and for all in a better way. The claim "I am as God created me" would only be valid if in fact 'I' remained as God intended … thing is if in fact 'I' didn't remain as originally intended such a claim would hardly recognize what happens to be, nor what ought to be. Note that the assertion -- God's will be done-- would mean fixing what needed fixing as it ought to be done.

      I consider your paragraph 2 to be a gem worth this whole conversation:

      "In burrowing to the core of your proposed topic I find what is central to deciding. The place where all decisions are brought forth. The “How do individuals decide?” is determined by core beliefs. This is the alter of one’s mind, the energy, the heart, the core, the what is of what is central to thought processing. At this level a decision of belief becomes of the greatest importance, it will determine Life as it is or isn’t and everything in it. I would like to present just how powerful such ideas can be should one come to believe in Something".

      Seems evident it begs the question : how do individuals determine which core beliefs to hold?

      some hold the core beliefs that truths be subjective
      some hold the core beliefs that truths be objective
      some hold the core belief that truths be truths one objectively accepts or subjectively rejected
      of course some objectively and subjectively accept truths!

      Ditto last p
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        Apr 25 2014: Esteban,

        "Seems evident it begs the question : how do individuals determine which core beliefs to hold?"

        We hold core beliefs in what we value. If we value the Truth we will believe in it, if we value God/Life/The All, we will believe in it. Values are taught by those who have learned the Truth and teach it and those who have learned something else and teach it. A thought that comes to mind is "Seek first the treasures of the heart" and learn the difference between the treasure and the trash.
    • Apr 25 2014: Larry,

      for some reason I have an issue with "Seek first the treasures of the heart" rather than "Seek first the treasures of the mind" or even "Seek first the treasures of the wise"… I hold that the logical conclusion reaches the same destination as the emotive conclusion and the wise conclusion… in fact I hold that many of the issues stem from emotive rather than logical considerations… please note that one better learn the difference between the treasure and the trash within each domain!
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        Apr 26 2014: Esteban,

        What is the heart of something, is it not the core? The mind has a heart, a core, a center. If one were to ask the question why do I feel like I feel, the nature of the question would lead beyond emotion closer to the source of emotions, the mind, more specifically the thoughts that occupy the mind. I feel a certain way because I think a certain way. Things occur first in the mind and secondly in the emotions. The treasures of the wise, the treasures of the mind are the treasures of the heart, find one and you find them all.
    • Apr 27 2014: Larry,

      I wonder about the notion of things occurring first in the mind, secondly in the emotions and thirdly manifesting in the body … It seems to me that while these are interconnected they also are a bit disjointed… one can alter what one thinks by altering the feelings and physical chemical in one's body… similarly one can alter what one feels and the chemicals in one's body by what one thinks. Of course one can determine what on thinks by choosing to think of certain things...

      I wonder if how one feels leads to what one thinks and what one does...
      or if what one thinks leads to how one feels and what one does
      or if what one does leads to how one feels and what one thinks…
      maybe there are more complicated interrelationships going on…

      I do think that when one finds the treasures of the wise one finds them all… thoughts, feelings, actions and better ways of being synergistically collaborating to guide and enrich one and the others.

      This conversation allotted time is about to expire… hope you get the opportunity to respond … now will move to make a final post in this conversation.
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        Apr 27 2014: Esteban,

        Firstly I would like to thank you for your post and secondly for the generosity of your giving. You can be certain I have benefitted and those around me will benefit. The something learned for me is the connection associated with belief and value with determining and decisiveness.

        I could not be more in the order you have presented of the hierarchy except maybe adding Spirit, mind, emotion and then body. They seem to be interconnect (associations wired together fire together) and perhaps the disjoining is a matter of an error in thought. To be joined is to be aligned on all levels of well being and what we choose to think becomes quite clear.

        What one feels will lead to a source and what one thinks will lead to what one feels. Hard to get lost when I keep it simple.

        The treasures of the wise are our inheritance, all that needs to be done is claim it for the purpose of passing on what has been given.

        BTW: We come to know the keepers of the treasure.

        Hope I got under the timeline. Very Best Regards
        • Apr 27 2014: Larry,

          Your post did get in within the timeline and I appreciate what you just said. Thank you!

          Keeping it simple certainly simplifies matters :-)

          What one feels, what one thinks, what one does may lead to a source (or not) depending on what it is that one feels, thinks and does. I often have tangoed with errors, my own and those that belong to others, what I have recently learned is that if one focuses on learning what is right then one will eventually discovers how to determine what is right. From there it's just a matter of accepting and embracing it (or not). The litmus filter that I find useful to determine what is right involves what be "sustainable-desirable-congruen with life ways". In a way it helps to differentiate 'charlatanic ways' from "visionary ways" for both may talk about what isn't as if it was; with the difference that the former can't talk about what is as it is while the visionary can talk about 'what was', 'what is', 'what ought to be' and other possibilities.

          It is simpler to choose knowing the options, especially when one knows which ones be the right ones. How do individuals decide what is right and what is convenient to do be at the core of the treasures of the wise. May each discover and learn about the appropriate ways to feel, think, act and be… and get to enjoy the adventure!

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