The virtuous cycle of Truth
I have a suitable concept for fullness, whenever I think many people, at some point in their existence start asking relevant questions such as: what is the purpose of my life? Why did I come to the world? Am I really a happy person based on what I have done in the past, what I do now and what I will do in the future? Then, returning to my concept, I firmly believe that anyone will reach full happiness whenever being aware of its strengths and weaknesses, one’s constantly striving for wisdom through self-loving and loving those around. The truth is such search of wisdom, then achieved through a life full lived in love, despite any environment being faced. In the end, it is you the one who should drive more influence over the environment and less the environment over you. Love? Sounds corny... Let me debrief this profound feeling, at least from a practical, realistic and timeless approach. The fact of genuinely giving away yourself, expecting nothing in return may be a simple but certain approach for what we call loving. Whenever we are passionate about serving those around us, certain behaviors arise showing off actions and allowing us to gradually reach the truth. So, the best part here has to be with the influence we exert on what surround us, generating something similar to a chain reaction, infecting virtues in others who, at the same time feel encouraged and attracted to a system that fosters abundance and prosperity. This system, which aims to bring up abundance and prosperity into one’s life is what I define as The Virtuous Cycle of Truth. Life’s Truth - Plenitude (fullness): it’s the destiny of the Virtuous cycle. Whenever this destination is reached, the result is a generation of prosperity and personal abundance. This in turn produces momentum, fostering abundance and prosperity in life. Wisdom: Virtuous cycle’s path. It is the quest of the truth by self loving and loving others, and shown by these fundamental principles: Love: Virtuous cycle’s catalyst. It is to give oneself to service others without any interest in return, and shown by virtues that are intrinsic components of the three fundamental principles. - Integrity: To be one of a single piece, when thoughts, words and actions of a person are aligned and in fair harmony. It’s also when always doing the right thing even if nobody is watching you. Integrity is a principle that manifests itself in virtues such as honesty, congruence, character, justice. - Humility: Putting others first rather than oneself. Instead of submission to others, humility is the ability to genuinely understand the environment and show respect at the same time. Virtues such as tolerance, empathy and service reflect the principle of humility. - Discipline: Hold on to a relevant and meaningful purpose in life; it is constancy of purpose because there is awareness to whatever one is dedicated to, brings up the results in the expected moment. The principle of Discipline is demonstrated through virtues such as education, diligence, respect. This is the way I think a Virtuous cycle works. Costa Rica: the Switzerland of Central America: I am proud of my country. So proud so I will use it as an example of a virtuous cycle to replicate and expand in other nations or any other instances. Since the time of Spanish colonization, this region of Central America (the most far way region from the main colony known as the General Captaincy of Guatemala) it was characterized by being composed of Spanish settlers and “mestizos” (locals) with a sense of vision and social justice. Once every of the Central America Spanish colonies decide to sign up the act of independence to free themselves from the Spanish domain, these countries flourish and, particularly Costa Rica began to take a course of a greater sense to a vision for the future, because those settlers who make up the country's leadership discovered in the cultivation and production of coffee grains a way to generate wealth and prosperity, but not only for them as an economically dominant class, but also with a high sense of social justice (at least greater than that shown in others neighboring countries) they became fair leaders towards the working class, providing opportunities such as access to education and healthcare, promoting a culture and country’s identity, granting decent wages and free access to a system where such opportunities are available to everyone. Another key aspect in the development as a nation was the sustainability of a prosperous country's vision, especially in those years after independence, when the economically dominant class is installed in political power, making some key decisions to promote economic development and social justice: hospitals and free access to healthcare are granted; schools, technical colleges and universities are not only created but accessible to the entire country’s population, state institutions are created to manage and provide basic services such as energy, potable water, insurances, amongst others. In addition, some fundamental decisions were made, such as abolishing the army and devoting a high percentage of the national budget to education and healthcare (Costa Rica ranks between the top nations in Latin America who address greater funds in social investment for Education and Healthcare). Nowadays and as an effect of all this investment in justice and social peace, this small country also became a worldwide tourist attraction, I could say it is a “world power" as a tourist destination, mainly as an ecotourism spot, being in line with a sense of a country’s vision towards the care and protection of its flora and fauna, showing respect for nature, and fostering basic behaviors such as not throwing garbage in the streets, taking care of the gas emissions of vehicles’ fleet nationwide and investing in renewable sources of energy (Costa Rica generated 98% of all its energy from renewable sources in 2016). Bottomline here is to show this story of Costa Rica as a good example of the Virtuous Cycle of Truth, where a group of people with common principles started showing virtues such as respect, justice, discipline and envision the future to promote peace and prosperity in a nation that, although it is not even a “first world one” economically speaking, for sure it is in a position of clear advantage in front of many other nations with very different historical conjunctures, which unfortunately have not been able to sustainably promote virtuous cycles in the human, social and economic fields. The question at this point is, if we recognize that we may be so wrong up to now, how to start changing direction? My suggestion is, be the change and you start right away, in your circle of influence, interiorize and install the principles of humility, discipline and integrity; persist and hold on to the virtues, remember that the virtuous cycle produces momentum and expands itself, so also try to influence those around you, spreading your virtues everywhere and everyday.