“Shallow men believe in luck or circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have lived enough life, and devoted to it enough honest attention and appraisal, to discount every romantic explanation about its nature. The external world, that humans have any experience of, reliably falls under the purview of cause and effect, of discernible laws, and of the hard-earned tools of reason developed over centuries.

This mentality, though popularly accused of being morally bereft, existential, and dull, has oppositely guided my life to the heights of compassion, love, and respect; to the deepest sense of meaning and purpose; and to the most profound encounters with amazement and wonder.

This section of Aimed Inward explores the benefits of adopting beliefs that run contrary to entrenched romantic musings, but that nonetheless produce the same foundations of well-being. They not only retain the good, but they carve away the strife generated when erring notions face their contradictions.

The only difficulty I have ever had in living a better life under these principles has only come from the task of de-rooting the errant notions that precede them.

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