Persistence IV – Attitudes of Truth

by | Mar 26, 2015 | Archives

Gain persistence by having attitudes seated in truth.  A recent post about the power of missions  evoked many comments from readers about the importance of attitude.

Persistence is a most powerful tool.  Click to see the first three parts of this series:  Persistence I – Persistence II – Persistence III

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“The purpose of life is to search for truth”.  Plato

Plato, along with Socrates and his most famous student, Aristotle, laid the foundations of Western philosophy and science.  Their writings often underscored their conviction that the purpose of life is to search for truth.

The closer an attitude is to truth the more persistence it creates.  Truth however is tricky.  For example, the National Geographic article the “Joy of Food” (1) quoted Erma Bombeck as saying “Seize the moment… Remember all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert.”

Attitudes that seize the moment can be good, but environment and upbringing can create misconceptions that separate attitudes from truth.  For example thinking that a rich dessert after a good meal is good or pleasurable may not be based on truth.   Erma Bombeck’s suggestion that people sacrificed by not having desert is an example of how attitudes can go astray.   Sacrifice suggests accepting pain.  The truthful attitude about skipping dessert would create pleasure.  Attitudes based on pleasure create persistence.  An attitude about enduring pain after each meal, will not create as much pleasure as an attitude about feeling pleasure after each meal.

The closer your attitudes are to fundamental, quantum truths, the greater your persistence will be.

Fortunately we have all the tools we need to seek and build attitudes around truth.

Our greatest tool, the root of all searches and research, is trial and error.  Trial and error is measured by pain and pleasure. Persistence comes from actions that bring us consistent pleasure.  Those on the Titanic who had the right attitude about eating did not sacrifice when they skipped dessert.  They felt better for the skipping.

Seek the truth. Use your perceptions revealed by what brings you long term pleasure or pain.  Your attitudes will create persistence.

See persistence IV

Gary

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(1) Nationalgeographic.com Joy of Food