December 11-A, 2022

Over the Fence 10/20/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Julian Price Memorial Park Picnic Area, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Joseph Campbell said,
"Foster your virtues,
don't dwell on your sins."

The old (Classic) Taoists
made nothing of sin, 
and everything of living in accord
with our original/essential nature
aligned with our innate virtues.

Virtues here are to be understood,
not as the opposite of vices,
but as the peculiar characteristics,
qualities and traits
that identify us as individuals
and set us apart from all others.

When we live in the service 
of our nature and our virtues,
we are following the way 
that is our way,
and enjoy the benefit
of an internal guidance system
keeping us on track,
in balance and harmony,
"Like a wheel turning out of its own center,"
(Friedrich Nietzsche).


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

3 thoughts on “December 11-A, 2022

  1. I have always been puzzled when you refer to “living in accord with our riginal/essential nature aligned with our innate virtues.” This post helps me get a tinge of understanding of what you’re referring to. Thank you!

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