Ethics, Realities, Truth

Had frugal, yet so impetuous talks, with godmother. On law, letter and the spirit of both. One would embrace society with its ethics as a satisfactory source for living. Another would remain faithful to the individual, or the couple where the case, or the micro-community where the rarest case. Some, many of us people, would struggle to balance the two ends. This proving to be one of the most challenging human enterprises.

Society and solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson considers that both are necessary. Each individual has the liberty to pick his desired path, in pursue of happiness, as he or she is seeing it.

Some consider that the ultimate aphrodisiac is power. More power onto them then.

Evil manifests inside a reality that exists not. Therefore the expression of evil is virtual – a sustained effort to produce evidence, to justify itself. To power itself out and above the nothing that implies it.

Others love God, giving up not to a superior form of corruption but to the Ever-Living, to their Creator. A close friend has mentioned about Isaac of Nineveh.

Isaac of Nineveh (Syriac: ܡܪܝ ܐܝܣܚܩ ܕܢܝܢܘ‎; Arabic: إسحاق النينوي Ishak an-Naynuwī; Greek: Ἰσαὰκ Σύρος; c. 613 – c. 700) also remembered as Saint Isaac the Syrian,[4][5] Abba Isaac, Isaac Syrus and Isaac of Qatar[6] was a 7th-century Church of the East Syriac Christian bishop and theologian best remembered for his written works on Christian asceticism. He is regarded as a saint in the (non-Ephesine) Assyrian Church of the East. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, his feast day falls, together with 4th-century theologian and hymnographer St. Ephrem the Syrian, on January 28.

Wish to share with you from his solitary writings.

There is nothing which brings the heart so near unto God as mercy; and nothing which gives peace to the mind as voluntary poverty. Many will scorn thee as an ignorant because of thy liberality and for thy giving thyself without stint for the sake of the fear of God; they will not call thee wise or steady of mind, because of thy asceticism.

[Note: Social/constant intercourse, arhaic for communication – not for the modern meaning focused on sexual intercourse – which is yet another form of communication.]

In prosperity be near to Him and obedient, that thou mayest have freedom of speech with Him in trouble because of thy constantly being near to Him in thy heart by means of thy prayer. Sit before His face all thy time, thinking of Him and recollecting Him in thy heart, lest, seeing Him only after long thou shouldst lack freedom of speech with Him on account of bashfulness. A high degree of freedom of speech is born from constant intercourse. Constant intercourse with men is of a bodily nature; that with God is psychic meditation and offerings in prayers.

The care of practical things confuses the soul, and the distraction of work disturbs the mind and makes it lose its quietness and drives away from it its peacefulness. It is becoming for the solitary who has devoted himself to heavenly work, that his mind be constantly free from care so that, when he examines his soul and deliberates, he may not see in it any thing belonging to this world, nor desire of any visible object, but that, on account of his complete absorption from temporary things, he may be able to meditate upon the law of the Lord night and day, without any distraction.

Who lacks knowledge of his weakness, lacks humility.
Who lacks humility, lacks perfection.
Who lacks perfection is still in a state of peril.

Neither is humility to be acquired except through the causes which bring about a continually broken heart and destroy the deliberations of presumption. Without humility the service of man cannot be sealed: the seal of the spirit has not yet been placed on the charter of his freedom, he is still a slave and his service cannot be established without his being made humble, neither can he acquire wisdom without temptations, neither can he reach humility without wisdom. Therefore God necessarily sends the blessed things which cause humility and brokenness of heart and passionate prayer without distraction. Sometimes He afflicts them by accidents that arise from the natural affections or by transgressions arising from impure deliberations; sometimes by disdain or by idle oppressions which they have to endure from men, or by bodily pains; sometimes by poverty or need of necessary things; sometimes by vehement affections of fear in the open war of the demons which He allows in order to keep them continually in motion, or by terrible varying states of which one is still more strong and sorrowful and hard than the other.

All these things happen, that man should have a reason for being humble, lest he should sleep in neglect either of things present from which the struggler suffers, or of fear of things to be. Therefore temptations will necessarily be profitable unto men. Now I do not say, that, in order to have a cause of humility, he ought to let loose his will unto evil things, with the purpose of humbling himself by the recollection of them, or that he should hasten unto other temptations. But it is beautiful for him that, apart from his performing good works, he should constantly spur himself and remember that he is a creature and naturally prone to be seduced. And whosoever is a creature, requires an external power, viz. to help him. And he who requires external help, the deficiency of his own nature is manifest. And every one who knows that he is deficient, to him humility is becoming in order to receive what he needs from Him who is able to give it.

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