The Edge Pieces: Part One

As you know, there is no quick, easy way to get a new puzzle started. We’ve got to simply wade into the mess: flip the pieces to the picture side, separate out the edge pieces, maybe consolidate a few obviously related pieces. It’s a process that takes time, but can be, if we are inContinue reading “The Edge Pieces: Part One”

Peace: Part Two

The Philosopher Princess’ Utterly Unscientific Guide to Finding Inner Peace Yesterday, we defined the virtue of peace as a state of undisturbed inner calm. It is a virtue which has echoes in many different world religions, making it, like wisdom, one of those universal supervirtues. We also established that peace has the dual orientations ofContinue reading “Peace: Part Two”

Courtesy: are you a supervillain?

The Flipside The Flipside of a virtue is what a virtue would look like if wisdom were removed from it. For example, we said that for the virtue of Acceptance, the Flipside was apathy. The virtue of Courtesy, without wisdom, would be reckless obsequiousness. Too servile. Too self-effacing. You may or may not have runContinue reading “Courtesy: are you a supervillain?”

Courtesy: doing what can be done

The Orientation of Courtesy The Orientation Facet (towards self or towards others) of courtesy is always going to be others-oriented. Our discussions of some virtues will be solely Self-Oriented. Courtesy, however, is very much about others. Those of us who struggle with interpersonal relationships tend to be on a spectrum between absolute troglodytes or peopleContinue reading “Courtesy: doing what can be done”

Courtesy: everyday martyrdom

Are you ready to get Aristotelian with me? Hee-Haw! Let’s see another way in which the exercise of virtue is the pursuit of happiness… We are going to take a deeper look at one of the virtues on the list of many many many virtues. This one virtue, which, on its face, seems like somethingContinue reading “Courtesy: everyday martyrdom”