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2007 Rolf Reinhold
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"Whatever you do it's your
decision, ... always!"
Compositions of thoughts,
reflexions, visions and
We are living in a world
of increasing complexity.
None of us can say, how complexity increases
or how we can foresee or predict. But we all know, it is necessary, to
develop new kinds of thinking and acting, which are able to keep us efficient
in business in worldwide competition.
We all know, other cultures are more efficient
in co-working than we are, and we have to learn, how they are.
So we have to develop and to practise
new kinds of thinking and acting, which enable and base on new values ...
and enable new basic values.
But nothing is new, for every kind of
thinking and thoughts we can find an example in the past.
The difference is, we couldn't understand
Now we are able to understand, because
former thinking meets today living.
(also called "categorical imperative",
but I don't like "imperatives", I like maxims, because I can set them as
an ideal to myself):
Whatever you do, it should be the basis
of that, what you would set as generally guilty for yourself even as for
others (popular translated).
Means: Everybody (is able to think an
to act) thinks and acts on the same basis of wellknown egoism, which knows,
everybody else has the same rights as I have, with my acting I give the
right to everybody else, to do as I have done.
Popular formulation: What you want the
others do to you, is the most simple value to decide your own actions.
The new chance is the output (result)
of a new necessity: If it is correct (for you), that morality and the influence
of moral institutions is decreasing, the necessarity of choosing your values
We did it always (choose some values by
own decision), since every times, but in former times control was much
closer to us, gave us a forced-upon orientation, people who choosed varying
values often had to leave their conform social environment.
We call it "Ethos", familiar to the ancient
- greek - thinking, that each individual has to choose and build up his
own value - system. So, Ethos is not anti - moral or a - moral, Ethos is
the internal building of values, each individual has (automatically?) built
up by own experience.
The idea (is not absolute new, but rather
consistent): Personality grows with "working up experience" to a consistenst
system of simple and fitting values.
I'd been just ready with this, my friend
came in and showed me a postcard. "Look at this, what I have found just
by chance. That is one of those things you often told to me." I read the
text and said: "That is stolen from me!", as I once, in 1990, had written
a poem, which starts:
the aim you have
is like a star in the sky
you never can reach it
but it shows to you
(called: The Way Is The Way...)
And on the postcard I read:
(re-transposed from german)
Ideals are like stars.
We never can reach them,
but like sailors on the wide ocean
we are guided by them on our course.
The name, I knew at once, I've heard already,
long time ago (at school, history). You perhaps know this man better than
me, (Backside of the postcard: Companion of Lincoln, 1829-1906), but now
I'm sure, he didn't read my poem an dhe didn't hear my thoughts over ideals
as the basis of value-system, my comparison of aims and ideals, he never
was a member of one of my seminars.
So, you can see:
"But nothing is new, for every kind of
thinking and thoughts we can find an example in the past,..."
Quod erat demonstrandum, what was to demonstrate
(Is to be continued ...)
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