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In the “7 habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey mentions a research he conducted on success literature development over the years. He identifies two core mindsets or trends during his research and he calls them the “Character Ethic” and the “Personality Ethic”.

For the Character Ethic, he only presents one example. I wish he had given us a couple more examples for further reading. My aim is to compile a list of books, with help, that follow the Character Ethic for my benefit and for others after me. I would appreciate your suggestions very much.


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BOOK ONE

On the Ruling Ring:

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadow lie.

Frodo and Gandalf about the ring:


‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.
‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’

On Aragorn:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

BOOK TWO

Conversation Between Eomer of Rohan and Aragorn during their search for Merry and Pippin.

Eomer: “… How shall a man judge what to do in such times?”

Aragorn: “As he ever has judged. Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man’s part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.”

Conversation between Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas on Gandalf’s choices.

Aragorn: “There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.”



I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

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Pride Vs. Prejudice

Posted: February 7, 2011 in Classics
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Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen

Many thoughts flit through my mind when I think of Pride and Prejudice. It’s a superb book, one of my all time favourites. (The others are Mill on the floss, Anne of Green Gables, Jane Eyre and Chronicles of Narnia). The exciting phenomenon of enemies turning in to friends, finally lovers; the slow transformation of pride in to acceptance, prejudice in to understanding; make me wish that all lives had happy endings.

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr.Darcy have great chemistry. However, it’s very important to note that the two people sharing this chemistry belong to the old world: controlled by intelligence, etiquette and values. In the modern world of exaggerated freedom, free values and value-less knowledge, “chemistry” is a dangerous term. We are like lost sheep and wild horses, searching for home and fleeing dangers, always seeking safety in numbers. Individuality is suppressed; Uniqueness ignored, even laughed at; life in the present is based on the Darwinian principle of survival of the fittest; and the “majority” is always right.

I’ve been in the shoes of one or the other of both main characters. I know I have many times let my first impressions create prejudices that lead me astray: I trusted the wrong people too quickly and turned my nose at reserved but true-hearted people. At other times I know that many people misunderstood my silences, preferences and slowness in reaching out to people for pride.