How do you know what to think? Better yet, how do you know you can trust what you think? Maybe “your own ideologies are beginning to fray at the edges, and you’re not certain which of your own heuristics to follow anymore.” Or maybe I’m thinking way too much for a Monday. If you do find yourself lost in this paragraph, then perhaps it’s better to focus on just being aware. “BE HERE NOW,” a wise old man used to scream at me.

This week, we’re in for big changes on the world scene. Regardless of where your politics lie, we’re potentially in for some interesting times. Of course, there’s an ancient curse, usually attributed to the Chinese even though there is no equivalent phrase in the Chinese language, that says, “may you live in interesting times.”

If I were to ask you to write down for me your recipe for happiness, what would you include on your list?

Every time I sit down in front of this blank screen watching this cursor blink, I start to panic wondering will the ideas flow today? I guess every creative asks themselves this every day. Limbo, Jim Henson’s disembodied puppet has some ideas for you that might help you get through the creative panic.

Here’s a tough question for you: “Is it more moral to overcome temptation for bad acts, or to never be tempted at all?”

My first inclination is to say that it is more moral to overcome temptation because it implies a wilful act. But this only works for me, if it’s true that our basic nature is “sinful.” That is, if no eyeballs are watching us, will we do what’s in our best interest regardless of right or wrong.

If our basic nature is good, then we’d only be executing our basic programming and therefore, not making a true moral choice. For a deeper dive, check out Aristotle and Kant. Aristotle argued: that a truly moral person will wholeheartedly want to do the right thing, and no part of her will be tempted to act immorally. Kant argued: that an action is truly moral only if it is not something you want to do – otherwise, a person is just acting on her own desires, and although the result might be positive, it should not be considered especially moral.

And here’s what Christina Starmans found out about how ordinary people actually reason about morality?

This is turning into Monday Musings. Let me leave you with this, the missing ingredient from you taking action in your own life. If you’re a gamer, you’ll love the solution.

Chow

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