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Bescheidenheit – Herkunft
Zitate zum Thema Bescheidenheit / Meekness and modesty
- Der Mensch ist nur dann wahrhaft Mensch, wenn er der Selbstbeherrschung fähig ist, und selbst dann nur, wenn er sie ausübt. Mohandas Karamchand Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) indischer Weiser, spiritueller Führer der indischen Unabhängigkeitsbewegung, Menschenrechtsanwalt, gewaltloser Widerstandskämpfer zur Durchsetzung politischer Ziele, humanistischer Weiser, asketischer Morallehrer, Pazifist, Publizist, Aphorismus, Quelle unbekannt
- Bescheidenheit ist der Anfang aller Vernunft. Ludwig Anzengruber (1839-1889) österreichischer Schriftsteller, Dramatiker des österreichischen Volksstücks, Quelle unbekannt
- Eiserne Ausdauer und klaglose Entsagung sind die zwei äußersten Pole der menschlichen Kraft. Marie Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) österreichische Aphoristikerin, Erzählerin, Novelistin, Schriftstellerin, Gesammelte Schriften, Band 1: Aphorismen, Parabeln, Märchen und Gedichte, S. 6, Gebrüder Paetel Verlag, Berlin, 1893, Aphorismen, 1911
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5, 22-23 (NT)
Love, moderation, humility
- When people hear about the Great Integrity, they say it is useless folly. Because it is not like anything in the world we know, they also find it inconceivable.
On the contrary! The Great Integrity has given us three treasures to cherish:
The first is love.
The second is moderation.
The third is humility.
If you love, you will be fearless.
If you are moderate, you might always sense abundance in life.
If you live in humility, you will be widely trusted.
But you will not have the capacity to love if you are fearful.
Even worse, if you are fearless and without love, you will always be courting disaster.
If you live in insufficiency, you have no opportunity to be moderate.
If you live in overabundance, you not only live immoderately,
but are always courting disaster.
If no one trusts you, then compensatory ego will preclude humility.
If everyone trusts you, and you lack humility, you will always court disaster.
The three treasures are practical guides to the Great Integrity.
The greatest foolishness is to live without them.
Lao Tzu (604-531 BC) Chinese sage, philosopher, founder of Daoism, Tao Te Ching, verse 67, translated by Ralph Alan Dale
Twig of almond blossoms
Swifts Creek, Victoria, September 2007
- Meekness is a sensitiveness or surrender of consciousness to the influence of something. When Jesus says "blessed are the meek" he doesn't mean a surrender to people, but to God. The best conductor of electricity is the substance that is least resistant to the flow of the electric current. Likewise, the best conductor of divine power is the person who is non-resistant to the flow of divine power. This attitude comes from a conviction that God is always the answer to human needs, and a willingness to submit wholeheartedly to the flow of the Spirit in and through us. Eric Butterworth (1916-2003) US American senior pastor of the Unity church, New York (1961-2003), source unknown
- A decent man will behave decently even if he thinks that he has been treated unjustly or wrongly. But many people in such circumstances show a side of their nature which otherwise they would never show. And at times it is a necessary means for exposing a man's nature. So long as you are good to a man he is good to you. But what will he be like if you scratch him a little? George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (1866-1949) Greek Armenian metaphysician, composer, choreograph, spiritual teacher of the "Fourth Way", writer, source unknown
- Male college students at Princeton University participated in studies of how the male brain reacts to seeing people in different amounts of clothing. Brain scans revealed that
Some men showed zero brain activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that lights up when one ponders another person’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions. Researchers found that shocking, because they almost never see this part of the brain shutdown in this way.
And a Princeton professor said, "It is as if they’re reacting to these women as if they’re not fully human. It’s consistent with the idea that they are responding to these photographs, as if they were responding to objects, not people."
In a separate Princeton study, when men viewed images a women in bikinis, they often associated with first person action verbs such as: "I push", "I grab", "I handle". But when they saw images of women dressed modestly, they associated them with third person action verbs, such as "she pushes", "she grabs".
Analyst at the National Geographic concluded the bikinis really do inspire man to see women as objects as something to be used rather than someone to connect with. […]
It seems that the kind of power they [women] are searching for is more attainable, when they dress modestly. Video presentation by Jessica Rey (*1982) US American actress, (bathing suit) designer, The Evolution of the Bikini, presented by Hamilton CatholicYouth, YouTube film, minute 4:22, 9:30 minutes duration, posted 23. June 2013
Brain studies on men exposed to women wearing bikinis – History of the bikini
Literary and movie quotes
- All living is in obeying. […]
He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures. Commanding is harder than obeying. And not only that the commander bears the burden of all obeyers, and this burden easily crushes him. [...] Even when it [living] commands itself, even then it must pay for its commanding. It must become the judge and avenger and victim of its own law. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German classical scholar, critic of culture, philosopher of nihilism, Thus Spoke Zarathustra [Also sprach Zarathustra], Ernst Schmeitzner, 1883-1891, Viking Press, part 2, chapter "Of Self-Overcoming", S. 88-89, 1954
- Our prevalent belief is in moderation. We teach the virtue lies in avoiding excess of all kinds – even including, if you will pardon the paradox, excess of virtue itself.
In the valley which you have seen, and in which there are several thousand inhabitants living under the control of our order, we have found that the principle makes for a considerable degree of happiness. We rule with moderate strictness, and in return we are satisfied with moderate obedience. And I think I can claim that our people are moderately sober, moderately chaste, and moderately honest. LOST HORIZON (1973), part 6 of 15 of In den Fesseln von Shangri-La (In den Fesseln von Shangri-La), US American film, 1937 (remake 1973), YouTube film, minute 8:20, 10:05 minutes duration, posted 2. September 2008
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- Ist der Mensch mäßig und genügsam, so ist auch das Alter keine Last, ist er es nicht, so ist auch die Jugend voller Beschwerden. Platon (427-347 v. Chr.) vorchristlicher altgriechischer Philosoph, Begründer der abendländischen Philosophie, Quelle unbekannt
Quotes by various other sources
- Frugality is an enriching virtue, a virtue I could never acquire in myself. I was lucky enough to find it [frugality] in a wife, who thereby became a fortune to me. Admission by Benjamin Franklin ['The First American', US 'Founding Father'] (1706-1705) US American statesman, political theorist, occultist, polymath, diplomat, civic activist, author, letter to a friend, at the end of his life
- Liberalism, by the inner dynamic of its logic, was forced to become an instrument of social control in order to avoid the chaos which it created by its own erosion of traditions and morals. Democratic man could be left to his one devices; chaos would result. The logic was clear,
➤ if there is no God, there can be no religion;
➤ if there is no religion, there can be no morals;
➤ if there are no morals, there can be no self-control;
➤ if there is no self-control, there can be no social order;
➤ if there is no social order, there can be nothing but the chaos of competing desires
But we cannot have chaos, so therefore we must institute behavioral control in place of the traditional structures of the past – tradition, religion, etc. E. Michael Jones, Ph.D. (*1948) US American former professor, media commentator, editor of Culture Wars Magazine, author, Libido Dominandi. Sexual Liberation and Political Control, St. Augustine's Press, 1999, 1st edition 15. April 2005
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