Website owner: James Miller
What is the "best" route to take in going from point A to point B? What is the "best" product to buy, product A or product B? What is the "best" economic system, economic system A or economic system B? Questions like these arise all the time. We are always being forced to make a choice between alternatives and the word "best" comes up. The very first thing we should do when faced with this type question is to ask ourselves, "best in what sense?" What is the criterion by which we want to judge the alternative routes or products? For example, suppose we are asked the question, "What is the best route to take in driving from Washington to Richmond?" The question we should immediately ask ourselves is "Best route in what sense?" Do we want the route that will get us there the fastest, the route that is the shortest in terms of miles, the route that is the safest, the route that is the most scenic, or what? Let us take another example. Suppose we are faced with the question, "Out of say fifty kinds of cars available on the market which one is the best one?" Immediately one should ask, "What is our criterion for best?" Is it good gas mileage, comfort, handling, reliability, roominess, looks, or what? One car may be the best as far as mileage is concerned, another the best as far as comfort is concerned, etc.. Now let us make another point. Usually when we are forced to choose one of several possible alternatives each alternative is what one might term a "multi-element package". That is, each alternative has associated with it a number of features or elements that we are interested in and wish to weigh in making our choice. For example, in the car example above the features we would probably want to weigh would be gas mileage, comfort, handling, reliability, etc. and we would probably pick some car that we felt represented some "best combination" of these. It is important to realize that this problem may be very much the same type problem as that of choosing from several fruit baskets (each basket containing varying proportions of bananas, oranges, apples, and pears, let us say) the "best". There is no "right" answer. The answer really depends on our personal preferences. It involves a value-judgment. These observations may seem somewhat trivial and self-evident when we apply them to some things, such as buying cars, but for other things they may not be so self-evident. In essence, what we are saying is that in many cases all one can hope to do is lay out the advantages and disadvantages of the different alternatives and each person has to decide for himself which he thinks is "best". We may all think to use this type of analysis when we are buying a car or a house but do we think of using it when we are analyzing economic or political systems or when we are choosing a mate? Apr 1980
The Way of Truth and Life
God's message to the world
Jesus Christ and His Teachings
Words of Wisdom
Way of enlightenment, wisdom, and understanding
Way of true Christianity
America, a corrupt, depraved, shameless country
On integrity and the lack of it
The test of a person's Christianity is what he is
Who will go to heaven?
The superior person
On faith and works
Ninety five percent of the problems that most people have come from personal foolishness
Liberalism, socialism and the modern welfare state
The desire to harm, a motivation for conduct
The teaching is:
On modern intellectualism
On Self-sufficient Country Living, Homesteading
Principles for Living Life
Topically Arranged Proverbs, Precepts, Quotations. Common Sayings. Poor Richard's Almanac.
America has lost her way
The really big sins
Theory on the Formation of Character
You are what you eat
People are like radio tuners --- they pick out and listen to one wavelength and ignore the rest
Cause of Character Traits --- According to Aristotle
These things go together
We are what we eat --- living under the discipline of a diet
Avoiding problems and trouble in life
Role of habit in formation of character
The True Christian
What is true Christianity?
Personal attributes of the true Christian
What determines a person's character?
Love of God and love of virtue are closely united
Walking a solitary road
Intellectual disparities among people and the power in good habits
Tools of Satan. Tactics and Tricks used by the Devil.
On responding to wrongs
Real Christian Faith
The Natural Way -- The Unnatural Way
Wisdom, Reason and Virtue are closely related
Knowledge is one thing, wisdom is another
My views on Christianity in America
The most important thing in life is understanding
Sizing up people
We are all examples --- for good or for bad
Television --- spiritual poison
The Prime Mover that decides "What We Are"
Where do our outlooks, attitudes and values come from?
Sin is serious business. The punishment for it is real. Hell is real.
Self-imposed discipline and regimentation
Achieving happiness in life --- a matter of the right strategies
Self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline basic to so much in life
We are our habits
What creates moral character?