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Our Moral Foundations
August 15, 2016
Hello,

Last week I listed six enduring and universal moral foundations, that can be understood by anyone, regardless of their particular origin and culture. The author of these six is Jonathan Haidt, a well respected American academic. And they are: care/harm, fairness/cheating, liberty/tyranny, loyalty/betrayal, authority/subversion, and sanctity/degradation.

What do you think? To me, they seem to capture beautifully the unconscious attitudes that animate each of us as we form our sense of morality and values. And depending on which of the six seem to be the most potent, this then can become the source of many things – including our political allegiance and even how we voted in the EU referendum.

Last week I asked you to look at the list and consider which one or two you felt most strongly drawn to. And this week I want you to consider which of these is hardest for you to make sense of and intuitively understand. And why might that be?



FREEDOM AND BONDAGE
by Sophia Yasmeen

    All religions believe in liberation and bondage, heaven or hell. Even non religious people fight against injustice and work towards justice and freedom. Just as where a person's money goes the mind goes too and so where a person's heart is pulled determines freedom or bondage. The heart determines the souls emotional state or freedom from going up and down the ladder of emotions. Loss and gain is seen as a natural way of life . No matter how much a religious person follows and preaches his religion , even if he was to go to heaven, he would bring sorrow with him too. He invests his heart in everything that perishes or dies. Heaven would not remain heaven for very long. This is why Baba continually says let your heart belong to me and me alone. Whatever you see with these two eyes will be destroyed. He knows that wherever the heart is the mind will run. A Christians heart will be with Christ but also wife, children, money property and status. So his heart is broken into pieces. His emotions are torn. Yet even Christ pointed to remember God the light. His heart was in one direction, one piece. It doesn't take long to know where a person's heart and mind is because the mind's words echoes through the hole in the face. (Mouth ) It is just an echo.

Sophia is a beautiful writer and I am happily sharing her work in my Feelbetter Newsletter.

best wishes
Andrew


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