Maxim Monday: Shun evil

This Maxim requires a lot of defining. I looked up the definition of 'shun,' and I'm glad I did. In my head it means 'reject,' and it does. But it also means to avoid or ignore. Of greater importance is the definition of evil. I've avoided talking about evil on my blog. I've thought several times about writing a post on what I consider evil, but I've chosen not to every time. I guess I can't avoid it any longer! In the Christian world many people write entire books about 'the problem of … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Exercise nobility of character

There are 146 of these maxims. This is only number 30. I feel like I'm running out of things to say about virtues! What is nobility of character? I think it is character possessing many of the virtues outlined in the Maxims. When I think of nobility I immediately think of a person of upper class bearing and stature, someone trying to be regal. But outside of a feudal context, I see someone with grace, strength of presence, good manners, a firm handshake, eye contact; I see a person of his … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: two for one

Today's Delphic Maxim is be kind to friends. Are some people not kind to those whom they call friends? Some people tend not to be kind in general, but who would be friends with someone who isn't kind to them? I feel like this maxim is a bit of a no-brainer. Be kind to the people in your life, those chosen and those there by circumstance, but especially be kind to your friends. This is a good reminder, though. In my life, I can remember to reach out - in person and via social media - and say, … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: practice what is just

I like that the word practice is in this Maxim. The word 'practice' is a reminder that there is no perfection, and Justice is a Platonic concept - something that seems like an Absolute but in reality has many nuances. So we aim for what is just in our actions and intentions. Unfortunately, the concept of justice seems to be one that is confused and muddied. Justice is equated with what the courts decide, and sadly, courts are often not just. Racism, sexism, classism and other -isms obscure … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Praise virtue

Virtues are good. Virtues tend to be linked to morality, rather than ethics.* This entire Delphic Maxim series is based on what I consider virtues. I also think of virtues as strengths of character. As a parent this particular Maxim is doubly important. My son is 4 and 3/4 years. I don't know if 4 was this hard for other parents (I'm hearing that yes it was/is), but in our house it has been the season of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One moment my son is being super rad: maybe he's funny, helpful, … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Find fault with no one

Uh-oh. How is this maxim possible? Everybody has faults and everyone messes up from time to time. How are we supposed to not find faults with others? I actually tried to look this one up. I found a little commentary by Epictetus in The Enchiridion. It seems to be about not blaming others for things that we can control and not putting our responsibilities on those people or situations that we can't control. In a way, this maxim is a reminder to take responsibility for ourselves. Some … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Praise the good

Yes! A maxim I'm already good at! I am by nature very critical. Do you need some one to pick something apart? I'm your girl! On the flip side, if you need a cheerleader, if you need some one to get excited about you and what you're doing, if you need some encouragement, I am equally your girl. I love to praise to what is good. So many people will gladly disparage those around them in an effort to build themselves up or to drag others down to their level of misery. Cynicism can be funny, … [Read more...]