July 24


Today's quotation:

The highest and best thing that people can conceive is a human life nobly and beautifully lived—therefore their loyalties and energies should be devoted to the arrangement of conditions which make this possible.  The sole issue is how to make this world a place conducive to the living of a noble human life, and then to help people in every possible way to live such lives.

John H. Dietrich

Today's Meditation:

It's a very nice thought, but what does it mean to have a "human life nobly and beautifully lived"?  I think each of us would define that idea for ourselves.  It would be very easy to get caught up in a discussion about what we mean by such a life, but doing so would keep us from looking at the rest of the passage.

John says that the only issue facing us is how to make the world into a place that will allow us to live such lives, no matter how we define them.  He says, in effect, that it's up to you and me-- and everyone else on the planet-- to make this world into a place where we can live nobly, and it's up to us to help others to try to live nobly.

And when you think about it, what would our lives be like if we were to spend our time and energy trying to turn this world into a noble place and trying to help others to live nobly?  I believe that if I did that, my life would without a doubt be a noble life, one that I could be proud of on the day I die.

People often keep us from focusing on the incredible beauty and wealth of this world, and we spend a lot of our time and energy just getting by.  There is a higher calling, though, a higher way to live and grow and reach for new levels of thought and deed.  How do we make this world a better place for all, where all might live nobly?  We give, and we give, and we give some more.  And no matter how much we give, it will be worth it.

Questions to consider:

Do you live nobly and beautifully?  What sort of things might keep you from doing so?

Why are so few of us ever taught the idea of living on a noble level?

What can we do as individuals to make the world more conducive to noble living?

For further thought:

It is the individual who is not interested in his or her fellow people who has the greatest difficulties in life and and provides the greatest injury to others.  It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.

Alfred Adler

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