Website owner: James Miller
Born into this world of injustice, hardship, and struggle; of lie, illusion and deception. Born naked, without clothes, money or possessions; born with nothing other than abilities of various kinds (i.e. abilities to see, hear, smell, learn, reason, etc.); born only with potential - potential that only you yourself can develop through substantial personal effort, much perseverance, much hard work. Born with needs: The need for food on a continuing basis. The need for clothes or blankets for protection from the cold. The need for shelter from the elements. Born in a state of dependence. Born fragile, vulnerable, dependent upon the goodness and mercy of others for everything you need (i.e. born dependent on your parents for supplying your food and other needs). Born into a strange, new world filled with wonders. What a wonderful, strange, amazing world this is that you have just come into! You see interesting beings communicating with each other by making strange, nonsensical sounds. What is the meaning of all this? You listen to the sounds they are making and are curious to know what they mean. So now you encounter your first experience with struggle and frustration in this strange new world you have just entered: the struggle and frustration of breaking up the flow of all these sounds into separate words and figuring out the meanings being communicated i.e. of learning a language. You will spend years on this task and you will sometimes wonder how long it will take for you to learn the meanings of all the big words adults use and understand all that they say. With effort, struggle and time, you slowly learn the meanings of more and more words and become able to use them yourself to communicate. Then, after a few years, you will go to school and learn how to read, write, calculate with numbers, etc. And, with passing years, you will encounter all the many things that are part and parcel of this strange, new world you came into: things like selfishness, malice, envy, jealousy, pride, anger, lust, bias, hatred, violence, greed, deceit, lie, etc. As years pass you will encounter obstacle after obstacle and test after test of your mettle. You will encounter temptation after temptation to do the wrong thing and to go in the wrong way. You will find that there is often an easy way and a hard way, with the easy way being the wrong way and the hard way the right way. You will see that one can lie, cheat and steal his way through life and that many people take that path. You will find that lie, deceit and badness reign in this world and that the world is filled with people who live without principle, people who live by plundering others. You will find yourself at the mercy of social systems, human organizations and institutions (e.g. school systems), and realize that they have potential for doing you great harm. You will find it to be a world of danger. You will learn that there are very few people in this world that you can really trust, that at the bottom of it all you are very much alone in this life, and that you must pick your way through life with great care. Aug 2003 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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Principles for Living Life
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?