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Lecture 17 THE STRANGER WITHIN

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This lecture promotes acceptance to achieve harmony with nature and virtue in society, as the necessary condition for peace and happiness. It also encourages critical thinking to avoid lapsing into laxness and servility, which are perverse forms of naturalness and sociability.

Meditation, Time Lecture. Seventeen the stranger within. From the perspective of our conscious self, life is in everyday experiment, routinely interrupted by restorative periods of sleep, for the purpose of self discovery and self management. At first, we are strangers to ourselves, and only with time, observation, study and reflection do we increasingly understand our nature, namely the complex logic and profound meaning of the interaction between us and the external world. This understanding is the necessary condition for making wise choices that are appropriate to this nature and conducive to happiness. Now, while our consciousness is the seat of our free will, where...

...we choose the direction of our thoughts and actions, it is contingent on an autonomous and subconscious array of psychological and physiological processes. They constitute the mechanics crincle underpinnings of our experience. So the way we lead our life is equally a matter of rational deliberation, decision and execution that fills us with assurance and dignity when successful and honorable, and a product of programmed automation that calls for trust, gratitude and humility, like the answers to a query in a search engine, which follows advanced algorithms we did not devise, or the movements of a robot whose sophisticated workings we did not design. As for the external world that interacts with us and represents a vital extension of our being, it is structured by natural laws and social rules that are beyond our control, even though they may be under our influence. Above all, freedom is about accepting or refusing...

...the shackles of unchangeable conditions, in contrast to changeable ones that we should strive to improve if they leave something to be desired. And since refusing these shackles amounts to suicide or a miserable life, which are without a doubt, pitiful outcomes, accepting them is the only sense of beloption pregnant with the possibility of peace and joy. The master of wisdom is a happy slave. The Chinese have a long history of insightful philosophies, particularly Taoism and Confucianism, which advocate the peaceful and joyful acceptance of natural laws and social rules to achieve the highest standards of harmony with nature and virtue in society. We would be well advised to embrace this spirit of acceptance, while exercising our critical thinking toward perverse forms of naturalness and sociability that have lapsed imprudently and complacently into laxness and civility.

True naturalness is mindfully and faithfully consistent with a creative and nurturing force that not only animates us, but also gives form and function to all things in the universe. It adapts resourcefully to its surroundings and interacts lovingly with them, thereby testifying to its creative and nurturing disposition in the image of the force from which it proceeds, always authentic and graceful, never contrived nor labored, even when attending to difficult undertakings. True naturalness is fluent, like the dance of an accomplished Ballerina. It advances through life with an open mind and a kind heart, cautiously yet fearlessly, without standing in its own way. This attitude has profound relevance to the extent that our world is forever changing and challenging us to...

...fall a suit, and for the reason that everything shares the same universal lessons and partakes in the same interconnected fate. Right sociability is in line with the set attitude. It is flexible and caring, yet indignant mediocrity or wickedness and intolerant of them as they epitomize the worst of humanity. It sees the potential for betterment and worthiness in people and readily provides encouragement and support toward the realization of this potential. In other words, it practices tough love where disapproval is due, instead of condoning what is reprehensible with hypocritical or complicit nods and smiles that stink of Selfishness and deceit, or laziness and neglect,.

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