WHY I WEAR A DIAPER PIN
I usually wear a diaper pin on my shirt to remind myself
of my basics. To determine the likelihood of an employee doing
a good job it is far more important to know a person's
philosophy of life and character than anything else. I have no
delusions of being any better or more pure of character than
anyone else. However, this does indicate that by which I aspire
to live. I am very cognizant of the reality that I have a long way
to go to fully implement that to which I aspire. Each section is
meant to stand independently for teaching and mnemonics, so
there is some natural over lap between each section.

PHILOSOPHICAL BASICS

P1 - There is an independent reality. Reality is not just the way
we choose to view it. It is outside of my mind. The goal is to
learn to view it accurately, not to define it.

P2 - We can, through perception and reason, know at least the
portion of that reality that can be perceived through the senses.

P3 - Humans are not naturally good. I fail to see how even a
casual student of history could believe otherwise.

P4 - There is a universal, independent right and wrong.
Although custom and forms may vary, the basics do not.
Nowhere is it “OK” to hurt people without cause.

P5 - We can as humans determine basic right and wrong
through an examination of the evidence.

P6 - We have a personal responsibility to do what is right. We
can not blame our failure to do so on anyone or anything else.

P7 - As humans, each of us are individually unique and special.
We share similar traits, needs, biological and mental processes.

P8 - Humans are most fulfilled when they have discovered and
live by their purpose.

P9 - Humans are human. One of our primary problems is the
attempt to be something else.

P10 - Self esteem is based on a realistic perspective of our good
and bad.

P11 - Spirituality, though it deals with things outside of our
normally perceptible existence, should primarily be approached
using the same skills of reason, perception and experience that
we use in everyday life.

P12 - Most philosophical problems in life are results of denying
or ignoring one of these basics.

SPIRITUAL BASICS

S1 - There is a God. There are strong, broad, abundant,
rational reasons for this conclusion.

S2 - He is not us. In spite of our tendency to believe that we are
“god,” it is not so. To think or behave so is the epitome of
foolishness. It is totally out of touch with history and reality.

S3 - Knowing and relating to God is a basic need of man.

S4 - The approach to discovering our spirituality is primarily
the same as any other area of truth. Reason, facts, and reality
do not take a back seat.

S5 - Nature itself points to God as a watch points to a
watchmaker.

S6 - Upon examination all the religions of the world are one of
two types. Either some way, some how, man is trying to become
“good enough” to get to or become “god,” or God determines
man will never be “good enough” and freely reaches out to man.

S7 - The only thing we can know for certain about God is that
which he chooses to reveal to us of himself.

S8 - A objective examination of the historical, archeological,
scientific, prophetic, textual evidence forces the conclusion that,
if nothing else, the Christian Bible is incontrovertbly the most
accurate document we have from the Ancient Near East. A
personal and experiential exploration of it proves it to actually
be the word of God.

S9 - The Bible is not subject to multiple interpretations such
that its teachings are rendered incomprehensible or impractical.
It is written in language with words, grammar, syntax, and
meaning. The confusions are a result, not of the nature of the
Bible, but our refusal to limit ourselves to what it actually says.
Take for example the English sentence “See Dick run.” We
cannot agree we are speaking English and disagree we are
supposed to look at whatever the noun Dick is and observe it as
being self-motivated at some speed faster than a walk. The
problem is that we are so busy arguing over whether the noun
Dick is bending his knees, or not bending his knees, heel-toeing
it, or toe-heeling it, going 3.5 miles an hour, or 4.0 miles an
hour, that we never look at Dick. Christ described that as
straining a gnat and swallowing a camel. If we would accept the
simple concept that it only says what it says and obey it, we
would quickly develop the experience base to relate to more of
it.

S10 - According to the Bible, Christianity is not primarily a
religion at all, but primarily a personal, dynamic, and
interactive relationship with the living God.

S11 - There is a spiritual, moral, mental, and practical
imperative to serve God by having on our heart and
demonstrating in our behavior that which God has on His heart.

S12 - Most of our spiritual problems in life come from ignoring
or denying one or more of these spiritual basics.

LIFE’S PRACTICAL BASICS

L1 - Though each of us is unique, wonderful, and important,
basically our bodies and brains are the same in function and
our basic needs are the same.

L2 - Our personal purpose is not really something we choose so
much as it is something we discover. It is part of who we are.

L3 - Self-esteem is how we view ourselves. We choose how we
view ourselves. It is only reality if we see our good and bad.
True self-esteem comes from seeing ourselves the way God sees
us.

L4 - Spirituality - We are spiritual beings. To deny that is to
deny a part of what we are. True spirituality must stem from
reason and branch to feeling. If we start with the branch; we
often lose touch with the root.

L5 - Joy is a decision. We decide if we will focus on the good or
the bad, the joyful or the sad. There is always an abundance of
both available.

L6 - Basic Maturity - There are basic distinctions between
childish and adult thinking. Maturity is not a function of age
(except the physical part). It is a function of learning the
correct lessons from experience.

L7 - Integrity - As ingratitude is basic to all faults, integrity is
basic to all virtue. You can lose everything and rebuild, unless
you lose your integrity.

L8 - Time - Time is the great leveler. Our problem with it is not
only that we seldom manage time well; it is that we do not view
it for what it is. It is short. It is a gift full of responsibility. We
never “don’t have time” we choose what we do with our time.

L9 - Money - Money is money. Most problems with money
come from making it something else. Money is not status,
value, power, or success. We will never enjoy what we have
unless we give our lives for something that will outlast it.

L10 - The most expensive thing you can buy is money. We
should normally be debt free.

L11 - Acceptance of Our Humanity - We cannot become all
that we can be or more than we currently are unless we stop
trying to be something we are not. It is our effort to escape the
responsibility and joy of being fully human that prevents us
from being as human as we can be.

L12 - Most personal problems in life come from denying or
ignoring these basics.

The challenge is not for you to be impressed with my basics.

The challenge is for you to think, digest and develop your own
Personal basics-That is the easy part. Then take those basics
and actually really consistently live by them - That is the hard
part.