(1) “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
(2) “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
(3) “When you stand for nothing, you fall for everything.”
“It is easier to fall for anything than to stand for something.”
IMPORTANCE OF HAVING ETHICAL PRINCIPLES AND ADOPTING A PRINCIPLED STAND
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION ON PRINCIPLED CONVICTION VERSUS THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE
PREMISE / ASSERTION:
The teacher teaches a principled position of understanding so that the student may comprehend, recognize and appreciate at least theoretically/intellectually what the teaching ideal is supposed to be (PRINCIPLE) even if they cannot uphold it at the time the teaching is given.
A-What are the “principled” ethics for those considering having children in the present times based on the lancet report that was posted in the wise Kemetic living email group and discussed on SMAA’s radio interview this week?
A2-In a class program last week SMAA discussed the issue of sexuality and presented philosophical / theoretical arguments for understanding its illusoriness and adopting a principled position in relation to this issue: [principled position]– therefore refraining/controlling its influence over the personality.
B-If a principled position cannot be upheld in action, by an aspirant, there remains a personal urge to pursue sexuality and or procreation, regardless of the instruction and or report, then what can be understood about that factor in the personality; and how could such a personality that possesses such an impulses be regarded?
C-If a principled position derived from the theoretical/intellectual knowledge, cannot be upheld by a spiritual aspirant does this negate the theoretical knowledge?
D-If a principled position/stand is upheld despite the unconscious impetuses then the theoretical aspects of the listening to the teachings has progressed to the reflection and practice phases of spiritual evolution.
Does that mean that the personality has triumphed over the unconscious tendencies?
E-Ideal goal versus wishful thinking. It is important to understand the highest expression of the teaching and its realized meaning so as to have a proper goal to follow and aspire to. This may be termed the ideal goal. The ideal goal is different from an idealized goal based on ignorance. The idealized goal based on ignorance is like striving for something without regard to the possibility or what needs to be done to achieve the goal. The principled stand based on the informed ideal goal includes a realistic assessment of one’s own capacities and failings, and what one needs to do in order to qualify and be able to achieve the goal that is understood to be attainable. So the pursuit of in ideal based on wisdom is not the same as pursuit of an ideal with ignorance, sentimental delusions or in-capacities to face the challenges of life with understanding but rather with slogans, wishful thinking and false hope.