Continuums of being

To edify means to increase one's capacity to be good. That can be achieved by increasing one's capacity to consistently do good. Demonstrated below is what I will refer to as 'the outer continuum of being'. If you ever want to become something you're not, or to stop being something you are, all you theoretically... Continue Reading →

Circles of stewardship

I will drop my kids for my wife, in basically every single instance that doesn't result in putting them in danger, and even then maybe so. Here's why: It's the best. My experience tells me that it puts all of us in the best possible place to take on the biggest challenges and achieve the... Continue Reading →

Financial Planning to Life Planning

I come from nearly 20 years in the Financial Planning industry where 'in a nutshell' we help people achieve financial goals through the better utilisation of existing financial resources. There's always been a couple of things I didn't like about this. I think most financial planners are genuinely trying to help their clients improve the... Continue Reading →

Beware unearned acquisition

Beware unprepared exposure When struggling to make ends meet for even the seemingly ‘basic’ things of life, we can develop a greater appreciation for what little excess we have. When there's ample excess, or the less we consider a particular resource to be 'required', the less we also consider it a waste to spend on... Continue Reading →

Misleading wow-factor

Don't confuse wow factor with edification. Because edification usually involves ‘internal’ experiences as opposed to external ones, we come to associate that which ‘moves us’ internally, as edifying. If something is emotionally powerful, we can easily identify a change or a ‘capture’ of our internal attention. We might consider it edifying because it’s not an... Continue Reading →

Deceitfully appears superior

Gratification does initially burn brighter Gratification is a willingness to burn more than surplus alone, for the purpose of short-term gain. He who edifies however, will not waste more than their excess because they understand and appreciate that they have stakeholders who rely on their base ability to continue functioning as expected, and therefore they... Continue Reading →

Conscience discord desensitisation

You might think it a pointless argument trying to convince somebody that 'blinding yourself makes you blind', but the way we live our lives often suggests our need to be reminded. Every time we suppress our conscience, ignore our values or live in discord with what we know to be right, we reinforce a desensitisation... Continue Reading →

Unlimited blindness

Gratification blinds us. It's a heavily underappreciated and a heavy, deadly truth. The reality that there's countless opportunities to gratify ourselves on a daily basis accompanied with the fact that we gratify by default, makes the dangers of gratification and it's blinding effect, something we all need to take much more seriously than we do. Gratification’s... Continue Reading →

Excess evidence

I may address this in more detail further along (under "expenditure represents value"), but it's important to also appreciate what your excess says about you. I give it as my opinion that how you spend your excess says more about your values/priorities than how you spend your function's resources. Whatever you categorise as 'function' by... Continue Reading →

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