a warlike man sets upon himself."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Agent "Blake the Clean" and "Magnellyn"
A few ideas that would make
a lot of uptight scientists mad:
Man Carving His Own Destiny
You are not a bag of genes.
You are not a bundle of conditioned reflexes.
You are not a two-legged animal with an overgrown intellect.
You are not your car, your job, your clothes, income, house, watch, or savings account.
You are not a large blob of hormones.
You are not a slave of brain chemicals.
You are not a cluster of instincts.
You are not a bucket of flaws.
You are not a puppet of television, music,video games, pop culture, or peer pressure.
You are not a self in desperate need of esteem.
You are not the end-product of events that happened when you were two.
You are not measured by the size of your salary,expense account, or stock options. . . . unless you let yourself be.
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you really you
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what people have told you
- Leo Buscaglia
hear the word a lot.
hear and talk about someone having "lots of it" or a "lack
of it" . . .
we hear how we're supposed to build it, change it, or develop it, etc
etc . . .
we hear how we are supposed to get rid of some parts of it, keep other
parts of it . . .
we hear how we "reveal" it or "discover" it . .
. . But what is it?
One might think that all the fuss
we all hear about "character" nowadays is more than
just empty hype and posing.
say we want a renewal of character in our day
but we don't really know what we ask for.
To have a renewal of character is to have a renewal of
a creedal order that constrains, limits, binds, obligates and
This price is too high for us to pay.
We want character but without conviction;
we want strong morality but without
the emotional burden of guilt or shame;
we want virtue but without particular moral justifications
that invariably offend;
we want good without having to name evil;
we want decency without the authority to insist upon it;
we want moral community without any limitations to personal
In short, we want what we cannot possibly have
on the terms that we want it."
- James Davison Hunter
so, while digging through this complex, immense, awe-inspiring
task, have your trusty and valiant LiveReal Agents completely
figured it all out?
. . . no.
at the same time, we figure it is worth looking into.
being the noble, valiant, magnan . . . magnanim . . . um, the
swell characters we are, we figured we'd better do whatever
we can to get the bottom of it . . . or at least, maybe make
a little progress.
so maybe we didn't succeed, but hey, don't blame us for it. It was our
first stop . . . What IS Character?
The LiveReal Quiz,
. can you take it?