4.19, From saving to investment

From production to saving to investment in moral prosperity. He who produces virtue has something precious and unearthly. Earthly goods, while able to be stored and saved, are subject to corruption and even conquest. Earthly goods, in addition, are subject to loss when invested. This does not mean it is not worth storing securely earthly …

4.18, On setting up shop for prosperity (moral)

The following amounts to an over-simplified (but the older I get the simpler things become dear reader–note I did not say easier, simpler and easier are not equivalent or synonymous) plan for setting up shop for prosperity. If you have read the proclamations of the Puritanical Libertarian, you know by now that he is for …

4.15, On the world as ready production material

It is the Stoics that showed me most clearly the wealth of material that each of us is given for production. The Stoics are rising in popularity again, and this is predictable given the failure of the cesspool of chaos being served at the trough of the local feed-the-addiction saloon that I generally call screen-time. …

4.13, The conversion of waste into life-sustaining good

In one sense there is little new under the sun. The prime matter that underlies all change is neither created nor destroyed. In it is potential. What of that potential is actualized in form is new. Newness can be taken in two ways: brand new and new to he who has never encountered before or …

4.11, Living in the Wilderness

As the Puritanical Libertarian frames things down here (the only place he has ever been), there is both need for and possibility of development. This development he has characterized as the production of virtue. He has warned against the expectations and predictions about the time and cost of the production of virtue given that those …

4.9, The Paradox in Self-Production

The setting: he who has poverty of spirit desires to be more. He desires to develop. What is he? He is rational (potentially) animal (actually). But what has he found? The animality is actual and the rationality is potential. At least, that is how things look from down here. He knows what Aristotle would say. …

4.7, The Aristotelian Insight on Virtue Production

How do I know when I have a virtue? This is a part of measuring for progress, and though I am leery about the over-emphasis of measuring for progress, it is not in itself wrongful. Why leery? An analogy: one cannot at the same time make money (produce) and count money (verify progress). Attention and …

4.5, The Great Metaphor of Death to Self

Virtue is everything in a way. It is necessary for the good life but insufficient for earthly maintenance. Food and oxygen come to mind as other necessities for earthly maintenance. But, even though virtue is insufficient if we gather all the insufficient necessities and rank them we find that virtue stands out. Is there anything …

4.4, Virtue Production and Expectation

A reflection on the role of expectation in the production of virtue which makes the production of goods and their preservation most probable. I keep connecting virtue and goods such that it may sound like I am trying to motivate the pursuit of virtue thru its role in the production of gold (goods). There is …

4.3, The good news (euangelion) regarding production

I am quite fond of the notion of gospel, good news. I (the better me who now thinks he speak) long for it. But, and this is a very weighty but, I (the actual me in the in-between of production of the better me) am very cautious, even suspicious, about the false prophet–he who proclaims …