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Esteemful acts of Lydia Pendley

“Any person who in any way suffers because of hunger or suffers because of poverty — that affects me. We are in a world that is truly interconnected and we need to all realize that we play a role. No matter what we do, small or large, whether it’s dramatic or not — all contributes.”

These are the words of 66-year-old Lydia Pendley of Santa Fe, NM who has dedicated her life to helping others.

Her esteemful actions are based on her respect for the dignity of every human being and her desire to work for peace and justice in the world.

Lydia Pendley celebrated her last few birthdays a little different than most of us.  She registered her party as an event on Stand Up Against Poverty Day.  She asked her guests to make a donation instead of bringing gifts and collected more than $2,100.

Lydia Pendley has found her unique expression of giving esteem as a sign against poverty.  Her dedication and esteemful actions encourages other people to follow her example and express esteem in a similar way.

Esteem and the four cardinal virtues

 

Esteem is closely connected to the classic four cardinal virtues of wisdom, justice, courage and moderation.  The cardinal virtues aren’t out of fashion, they’re still important for a life full of esteem and respect for the fellow men.

Wisdom

Wisdom is more than knowledge, it’s more than accumulating know-how.  Wisdom is life experience making us patient and understanding – just like esteem does.

Greek philosopher Plato explained wisdom as “we know that we don’t know” meaning that there is no safe knowledge which we could defend.  When we live esteem toward others we feel the truth of this virtue.  Esteem prevents us from being self-opinionated.

On the other hand wisdom is explained as choosing the middle between two extremes creating harmony and peace.

In any case the virtue of wisdom helps us to make just and reasonable decisions because we show understanding for people and life situations.  The more we live esteem in our life the more we can integrate wisdom.

Justice

Justice, the second of the four cardinal virtues is another important foundation for humane society.  When we encounter injustice we discover that it diminishes our happiness and motivation to be fair ourselves.

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Esteem and the virtue of “moderation”

Moderation can easily be misunderstood as self-control in the meaning of suppressing emotions or abstention.  But moderation as a virtue means not being dominated by emotions expressed in the form of excess.

When we live esteem in our life we develop the virtue of moderation more easily because we already live patience and understanding.  Moderation goes strongly together with these two attitudes.

We also see moderation when people are not interrupting others because it’s more important to them to give esteem toward others than to insist on own opinions.

Moderation as forth virtue works together with the other three such as wisdom, justice and courage mutually encouraging and developing.

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Esteem and the four cardinal virtues

Western culture is acquainted with the four cardinal virtues.  These cardinal virtues – wisdom, justice, courage and moderation originate in ancient philosophy.  The general explanation for virtues says that they are inner attitudes of doing good with joy. 

Virtues will remain just theory as long as we don’t integrate them into our lives and make them a habit.  In coming posts we’ll discuss the connection of esteem to each of these four cardinal virtues.

Virtues work like a mirror.  We see in each of these four mirrors our life and our attitudes.  Rather than discussing virtues theoretically and philosophically by creating the picture of a perfect life we’ll try to find practical ideas for realizing esteem through virtues in our daily life as life is imperfect and fragile.

United Nations Day

Since 1947 the world has celebrated United Nation’s Day on October 24.  We find this a great opportunity to recall the visions and actions of the United Nations.

The United Nations were founded on October 24, 1945 as successor to the League of Nations.

Humanitarian and peaceful goals are the fundamental objectives of the United Nations:

  • Saving succeeding generations from war
  • Protecting human rights
  • Establishing conditions for justice
  • Promoting social progress and better standards for life

These global ideals can’t be achieved by only one nation.  It requires the close collaboration of all nations giving esteem toward each others.

Esteem is subject to all activities of the United Nations in order to lead their work to success.

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Esteem and equal opportunity

Equal opportunity in our society means fair access – such as the opportunity for simple survival.

Nature organizes opportunity in a different way.  It’s survival of the fittest and often strongest. 

In contrast to “jungle rule”, opportunity is made by people themselves.

The more we experience equal opportunities in our life the more we feel justice.  Human beings are still a part of nature but in case of culturally organizing the society we are different from nature.

Equal opportunities are important for the social peace, but first it’s important for our own feeling of being treated just. 

When we live esteem in our lives without any question we realize equal opportunities because esteem is given to everybody in equal measure.  Everybody deserves to get the same amount of esteem.

Esteem and justice

It creates good feelings when we experience justice.

The basic result of esteem is making justice.  When we get esteem for our unique personality we get justice at the same time.

Why is esteem creating justice?  Esteem means no comparisons.  Nobody can be compared with anybody.  We all are unique and precious with our own talents and personality.

That means that among others justice is created by being compared and by comparing.  In a very early post I wrote about “Esteem of the differences”.

Our feeling of justice is led by esteem which protects us from comparing and being compared.

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