Ethos, Ethics

: the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution;
also : Ethics
: a set of moral principles : a theory or system or moral values
: a guiding philosophy



Ethos (n.): “the ‘genius’ of a people, characteristic spirit of a time and place,” 1851 from Greek ethoshabitual character and disposition; moral character; habit, custom; an accustomed place,” in plural, “manners,” an important concept from Aristotle.

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Idiom (n.): 1580s, “form of speech peculiar to a people or place.”

Sib (n.): 12th century; from Middle English, Old English sibb, “kinship;” akin to Old High German sippakinship, family,” Latin sodaliscomrade,” Greek ethoscustom, character,” Latin suus one’s own.”

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“Educating the mind without education of the heart is no education at all.”

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC, Greek philosopher and scientist, and student of Plato)

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“A quiet conscience makes one strong!”

Anne Frank (1929-1945, German-born diarist and writer)

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“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”

Dalai Lama XIV (b. 1935, age 80, 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, and spiritual leader of Tibet)

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“I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.”

Howard Zinn (1922-2010, American historian, playwright, and social activist)

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“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

Elie Wiesel (b. 1928, age 87, Romanian-born Jewish Holocaust survivor, award winning novelist, journalist, human right activist, and Nobel Prize laureate)

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“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”

Maya Angelou (1928-2014, American author, poet, educator, playwright, dramatist, producer, historian, filmmaker, actress, and civil rights activist)

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“The best fighter is never angry.”

Lao Tzu (died 531 BC, philosopher and poet of ancient China, known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism)

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“It's actually quite a good ethos for life: go into the unknown with truth, commitment, and openness and mostly you'll be okay.”

Alan Cumming (b. 1965, age 50, Scottish-American actor, author, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays)

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Being an ethical luminary is the ability to align oneself up with those principled beliefs that strongly resonate through the heart.

I agree with our ascended master and elder Maya Angelou, who wrote:

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

This world sometimes shows little tolerance for those who insert their truth, joy, kindness, and compassion as a healing salve for our wounds.  The shadow parts of our world are committed to propagating those lies that represent the human race as flawed, beyond redemption, and unworthy of Divine Love.

If we are strong, brave, and committed individuals who work in transcending the illusionary and literal pollutants and noise of this world and seek only The Truth, we will succeed in activating love wherever and however possible.

There’s no doubt that our world has been and is still dealing with extreme challenges, man-made or natural catastrophes.  But these events have the ability to wake us from our deep slumbers, so we can begin to put our love into action.

What ethos are we creating in our homes, our communities, in our workplaces? What do we believe in and stand for? Do we dare to co-create thriving lives filled with compassion and kindness, or do we continue the status quo for survival and competition?

We have what it takes to demonstrate our genuine concerns for our human family and foster creative solutions for our world’s problems.

We only need to do our part and love a little bit more every day with conscious acts of kindness, i.e., a morning greeting to a stranger, getting to know a neighbor, playful smile to a child, or expressing one’s gratitude and appreciation to those who are of service.

There’s so much to we can co-create in the name of Love. We only have to roll up our sleeves and just do it!

Much Love, Tonya




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