Website owner: James Miller
I have listed, on occasion, strongly pronounced personality traits that I know I possess. Traits such as conscientiousness, cautiousness, methodicalness, thriftiness, independence, self-reliance, an inclination towards thought and reflection, etc.. Now I ask: Are these traits inherited or are they traits that I developed? I believe they are all or almost all traits that I have developed. By what mechanism were they developed? I believe thy were developed through the action of Thought and Reflection upon my personality. I can remember periods in my youth when I was reflecting over the merit, value and tactical power of such virtues (as I considered them) as independence, self-reliance, reflection, thought, methodicalness, carefulness, determination, conscientiousness, honesty, justness, etc.. And as I spent long periods ruminating over these virtues, considering their merits, I unwittingly set up a value system for myself; I inculcated them into my mind and heart. All of the thinking and reflecting had the effect of molding and shaping for me a philosophy and outlook. Furthermore, I know I followed all this thinking and reflecting up with something else: I actively tried to put these virtues into practice, to cultivate them, and make them part of myself. Thus, led by Thought and Reflection, I deliberately constructed for myself what I viewed as a model personality; a personality built from those elements that I thought were important. In the same way Thought and Reflection are responsible for a lot of other life habits that I carry to this day: habits like teetotalism, no smoking, no indecent or profane language, etc.. And I think it is important to realize that my conversion at the age of nine (becoming a Christian, being born again) underlay much of this. I was serious about the commitment I had made to God and was determined that a true spiritual transformation was really going to take place in me. I was determined that I was going to be, really and truly, a new creature in Christ Jesus. Aug 1986 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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