A manifesto I wrote today while sick at home, re-evaluating my life virtues. This may or may not change in the future.
A Personal Manifesto For Living Well
Simplicity - Simplicity is elegance. Elegance is efficient. Live well with few possessions. Speak louder with less words. Do more using fewer actions. Look for the most direct path.
Sincerity – Do what you say. Say what you mean. Live how you wish.
Poetry – Find beauty in the seemingly mundane. How a pen feels in the hand is just as important as the words you write with it.
Empathy – We all wake up with the goal of making it through the day. We are on the same journey, to the same destination. Death.
Curiosity – Questions lead to answers. Answers lead to new worldviews. Those who don’t move don’t notice their chains.
Patience – Time is the most valuable currency. It cannot be supplemented. Everything has a nonnegotiable time cost. You cannot buy seeds today and expect fruit tomorrow.
Action – A mediocre idea that is executed is more valuable than a great idea that isn’t.
Pursuit – Mastery is in the practice. Dedicating yourself to a pursuit or pursuits, consistently, is to be a master. Repetition breeds muscle memory. Muscle memory is mistaken for natural talent.
Explore – Travel is the best medicine for ignorance and ego. It shows you how alike we all are. (See: Empathy)
Health – To alter your body mechanics requires great mental discipline. Self-mastery is a sign of good character. If you wish to truly affect those around you, you must practice good physical and mental health. Beware the naked man who offers you his shirt.
What are yours?