Principles, Values, and Rules for the Good Life

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Rules

  1. Pray.
    Practice regular stillness. Introspect. Pray.
  2. Read.
    Educate thyself. Question and find answers.
  3. Stay alert.
    Pay attention to the world and the people around you. Observe.
  4. Consume no poison.
    Eat no poison. Drink no poison. Read no poison. Watch no poison.
  5. Improve thyself. Achieve goals.
    Identify strengths to cultivate, weaknesses to mend. Plan and execute.
  6. Rest regularly for reliable wakefulness.
    For reliable and full performance of mind and body, lie and rise in a reliable and full manner.
  7. Own no more than you need. Repair, repurpose, reclaim.
    The root of materialism is the sin of greed. Want not for the unnecessary. Don't get new when used will do.
  8. Pay no heed to the voices of Babylon. Do not gather in the parks of Babylon.
    The talking heads of Babylon speak falsely. The entertainment corrosive to mind and soul. The places of gathering polluted and under watch.

Guiding Principles

  • Consider your self lightly. Consider the world deeply.
  • Pay no attention to irrelevant things.
  • Do not speak vulgarly.
  • Be polite.
  • Aim to know the advantages and disadvantages of all things.
  • Appreciate the people, places, and moments around you. Be present.
  • Forever be a student, always be learning, always keep your mind open to new ideas.
  • Strength makes all other values possible. Be strong not just in body, but mind and spirit too.
  • Don't ever compromise your integrity or values for others. Values that are abandoned when they become inconvenient or difficult to hold were never valued to begin with.
  • Stay composed and alert. Listen to your instincts and act on them.
  • Have a good team. Good friends. Allies. People with soul. No assholes.
  • Work hard, but maintain a weekly day of rest.
  • Concentrate on only one thing at a time.
  • Speak no falsehoods. Do not mislead people.

Values

  • Strength
  • Integrity
  • Discipline
  • Awareness
  • Responsibility
  • Introspection
  • Spirituality
  • Appreciation
  • Development
  • Curiosity
  • Honesty
  • Moderation
  • Composure