The virtues of Self-Reliance, Industriousness and Hospitality tend to be more outward than inward in their focus. That is not to say they don’t have an inward quality. They are however virtues that focus on the business of living life and how in that business of living life we interact with others. What ideals are were pursuing in our relationships with others and how we do the business of life with them.
The three virtues together create an attitude of hard work, independence but at the same time voluntary cooperation. There is no coercion in the Business Virtues but a freedom to act as one sees fit to work, build a life for one self and help others if one wishes. I have found this point to resonate with my libertarian philosophy much better than most other things. It combines well with the idea of being free, independent and charitable by choice not by force.
“Self Reliance is the spirit of independence, which is achieved not only for the individual, but also for the family, clan, tribe and nation.”
From the standpoint of others, self-reliance means you are not drawing off others or leaching off others to meet your basic needs and wants. You are taking care of these things yourself and are reliant on only yourself to meet your own needs. This means you are not a burden to others. You are meeting your needs.
My goal has been pretty simple here. To be meeting my own needs for food clothing and shelter. My wife and I have achieved that but it needs to be maintained and kept going. The goal is independence (financial and otherwise) both now and in the future. The next phase is a better job to do that. The practical steps being to finish my degree and market it or once school is finished find another source of income in addition to my current job.
“Industriousness is the willingness to work hard, always striving for efficiency, as a joyous activity in itself”
I don’t have a problem working hard. I also believe in working hard at working smart. Being a cleaver worker is as important as being a hard worker. Striving for efficiency as someone who has studied economics is also something I enjoy. Work as a joyous activity in and of itself takes a little more effort on my part, but I have recently discovered that attitude makes the day go even quicker than just staying busy. From an outward standpoint, being an industrious person commands respect in the real world. Laziness is never respected, nor does it lead one to prosperity.
My goal here is to work hard and with enjoyment; specifically in finishing my degree and working my current job. This kind of hearkens back to the Foundational virtues as far as the nature of the goal, but industriousness is kind of like that. Finding and enjoying work is the key to prosperity.
“Hospitality is the willingness to share what one has with one’s fellows, especially when they are far from home.”
Being willing to share. Not forced but willing. This is actually a common virtue in many religions but as a Christian I must say I neglected it quite a bit. Things have changed a bit since I last wrote on this. Back then I could offer a Coke, a smile and a conversation. Advice if asked for. The issue is willingness to share in prosperity and I would say I have achieved a measure of that. I can now offer to the truly desperate a shared meal if you wish, but make sure you are in need and after twenty years of dealing with freeloaders, I know the difference.
My goal here is to simply stand ready to help if I can and show hospitality if I can. Nothing more or less.
All said this is pretty simply to say. Work hard to be self-sufficient, and enjoy what you do, work for greater prosperity and be ready to share willfully to those that need it. All of this is voluntary as to force people to do any of this would violate all of these virtues. You expect them not just in yourself but in others as well.
- Be positive about my future
- Act with courage at the right time
- Pursue knowledge, wisdom and truth at all times
- Work to be self-reliant by finishing school and building my career
- Work with enjoyment of work itself both in school and my job.
- Be ready to be hospitable to those who truly need it.
Until the Self Virtues,
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.