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Great article, thanks for posting. Skeeter

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I am much older than most here and have developed some wisdom that too often is lacking in today's world. We have innate skills of self-awareness, imagination, an independent will, and conscience. The better we develop our skills, the more successful we will be. Good writing involves the use of each of these skills and respect for self and others.

The power of self-awareness:
1. Your past does not define your potential. Honor yourself.
2. With respect to writing, develop a writing style that is both authentic to your personality and basically follows the rules of grammar.

The power of imagination:
When a new idea is learned from books and other media, try to imagine all the possible benefits and disadvantages of the new idea with respect to your priorities, e.g., writing topic.

The power of an independent will:
1. Do not let public opinion determine your view of right and wrong.
2. Although others can disagree with your idea of what is virtuous, write what you feel is right anyway; but, do not look down on others because they differ. If your writing style is to sway opinions, respect is very important.
3. Treat everyone as equal to you, give others the right to disagree with your opinions. This world will be a better place if we all practice such respect for others. Disrespect only hardens the minds of those who disagree with you. Everyone, including myself had and still has their faults; if you feel you need to point out an error in someone else's action or thoughts, do it in a way that affirms that persons humanity. “The secret of a happy life is respect. Respect for yourself and respect for others.” Ayad Akhtar

The power of conscience:
Remember the golden rule: "Do unto others, what you would have them do unto you." Don't criticise the humanity of your opponents. Note the following quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. “I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.” Think about that before being overly sarcastic or verbally degrading. Note what happened when Hillary described Trump supporters as 'deplorable.'

Thank you for your consideration. Mr Owl

Edited by: OLDEROWL at: 7/29/2018 (14:28)
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