morality

Empathy vs Compassion

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I’ve worried a lot about empathy, people striving for empathy as a virtue, people conflating empathy, sympathy and compassion, and people claiming empathy when it seemed they were actually …


Ellsworth Toohey

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I love/hate Ellsworth Toohey because the first time I encountered the character, it brought to life so much about the world that is sick and sad that I didn’t have the words to articulate at the …


Patakamma

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Translated by Bhikku Bodhi:

“I’ve enjoyed wealth, supported my dependents, and overcome adversities. I have given an uplifting offering and performed the five oblations. I have served the virtuous …


Householder Vinaya

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SWIM should write about applying the Vinaya to householders – looking at the overarching concepts and tactics, and adapting the rules to householder life. Or looking at examples from the Vinaya for …


Buy my kids a brand new pair of shoes

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I’m a householder, so it makes good sense for me to fulfill that role as best as I can, without any particular attachment to the responsibilities, luxuries, status, or suffering that come along …