Maintaining values is an important part of my life.  I have developed most of my values through traveling the world and studying philosophy. My rural American West and Christian up bringing has significant impact on my worldview.  I continue to develop my value system as I work through the complexities of the modern world through reasoned discourse and philosophical study.  Below are some of the codes, commandments, people and books I turn to for wisdom.

Christ’s Commandments

“Love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

John Locke’s Natural Rights

“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions and when his own preservation comes not in competition, ought he, as much as he can, to preserve the rest of mankind, and may not, unless it be to do justice on an offender, take away, or impair the life, or what tends to the preservation of the life, the liberty, health, limb, or goods of another.”The Two Treatises of Civil Government

Code of the West

Live Each Day with Courage

Take Pride in Your Work

Always Finish What You Start

Do What Has To Be Done

Be Tough, But Fair

When You Make a Promise, Keep It

Ride for the Brand

Talk Less and Say More

Remember That Some Things Aren’t For Sale

Know Where to Draw the Line

Stoicism Principles (N.S. Gill)

Nature – Nature is rational.

Law of Reason – The universe is governed by the law of reason. Man can’t actually escape its inexorable force, but he can, uniquely, follow the law deliberately.

Virtue – A life led according to rational nature is virtuous.

Wisdom – Wisdom is the root of virtue. From it spring the cardinal of virtues: insight, bravery, self-control, and justice.

Apathea – Since passion is irrational, life should be waged as a battle against it. Intense feelings should be avoided.

Pleasure – Pleasure is not good. Nor is it bad. It is only acceptable if it doesn’t interfere with our quest for virtue.

Duty – Virtue should be sought, not for sake of pleasure, but for duty.

Influential Literature

Bible

Wild at Heart

Mans Search for Meaning

Atlas Shrugged

Road to Serfdom

The Obstacle is the Way

Meditations

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

Idols For Destruction

Cowboy Ethics

The Problem with Pain

Mere Christianity

Euthyphro

No Treason

Influential People

Jesus Christ

My Parents & Grandparents

Thomas Jefferson

Ludwig Von Mises

Friedrich Hayek

Socrates

Dr. Viktor Frankl

King Solomon

Ayn Rand

Blaise Pascal

William Wallace

C.S. Lewis

King David

Marcus Aurelius

Lysander Spooner

John Locke