And now for something completely different.
Part of my commitment to my own moral code is to try to codify and abide by the ideals I think have helped shape the modern world.
This is based on the notions and ways in which my ancestors understood the world around them and their own pagan morality. Whether that is through the 24 Runes of the Elder Futhark, or the guiding principles of a favorite Greek city state. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.
I have always been attracted to the Rome, in all of its manifestations. The Empire may have ruled the world. However, it is The Republic that helped the Romans to first conquer and later civilize the world of their times.
These are the qualities that each person should strive to achieve in their personal life. Of course, none of us are perfect,but striving to be better is the goal. There is often a complicated relationship between these concepts. Sometimes you have to navigate the hierarchy when two ideas seem opposed to each other. Doing so, is part of the ethical exercises that allow for personal growth.
- “Humor” Ease of manner, courtesy, openness, and friendliness. Never forget to laugh.
- “Mercy” Mildness and gentleness towards other people but also towards other nations on larger scale.
- “Dignity” A sense of self-worth, personal pride. To walk down the street with your head held high.
- “Frugalness” Economy and simplicity of style, without being miserly. Certainly, this one is easiest for the FIRE types to latch onto.
- “Gravity” A sense of the importance of the matter at hand, responsibility and earnestness. Therefore to give a thing its proper weight.
- “Humanity” Refinement, civilization, learning, and being cultured. Eventually, building a better you.
- “Industriousness” Hard work. Maintaining a good work ethic.
- “Dutifulness” More than religious piety; a respect for the natural order socially, politically, and religiously. Includes the ideas of patriotism and devotion to others. Being mindful of your duty.
- “Prudence” Foresight, wisdom, and personal discretion.
- “Sternness” Gravity, self-control. If you are going to do a thing, do it thorough and right.
- “Truthfulness” Honesty in dealing with others.
There is a difference between are our private and public personas. The following are the group of virtues that should be exuded by the collective. They should be part of a national identity. They should be cultivated into a people’s reputation as a group.
- “Equity” Fair dealing both within government and among the people.
- “Concord” Harmony among the people, and also nations.
- “Happiness, prosperity” A celebration of the best aspects of society and our progress.
- “Confidence” Good faith in all commercial and governmental dealings. A Square deal.
- “Fortune” An acknowledgement of positive events. Taking stock of your surroundings and not taking them for granted.
- “Justice” As expressed by sensible laws and governance.
- “Joy, Gladness” The celebration of thanksgiving, often of the resolution of crisis. Take time to smell the roses.
- “Freedom” Both freedom ‘from’ and freedom ‘to’.
- “Nobility” Noble action within the public sphere. What you do echoes.
- “Endurance, Patience” The ability to weather storms and crisis.
- “Peace” A celebration of peace among society and between nations.
- “Confidence, Security” Brought by peace and efficient governance. Enjoying the security brought about by your own actions.
- “Hope” Especially during times of difficulty. Hope dies last.
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The Greeks and the Romans are a distant, yet direct base upon which the modern ideals of our society are founded. Later on I will tackle the melding of the values spelled out here with the pagan morality codes of Viking Culture and the Germans in Northern Europe.
My personal views have a leg in each camp. I find there to be common thread through most versions of pagan morality that really appeals to me, even in our modern times.
I feel that being conscious of FIRE is one thing. To implement it is another story all together. Many of these virtues are tools that can help a person to actually develop and enforce a strategy necessary to get financial independence.