Why are we here?

Don’t be afraid.
Trust.
Let your wisdom flow.

Don’t play games.
Be as honest as is humanly possible.
Be as genuine as is humanly possible.

Search for the truth.
Search for humanity.
Search for compassion…
And how to effect it in the world.

Remember why you are here.
Remember the joy of what you chose to do.
Remember the pleasure of learning.
Remember the pleasure of thinking.
Remember the pleasure of expressing your ideas.
Remember the pleasure of honest intercourse –
that honest verbal exchange of ideas that spurs us on
to greater understanding and better action.
The collaboration of the thinking community.

There should be no need to pretend.
There should be no need to hide.
There should be no need to be defensive.

What causes us to understand, to become excited, to enjoy, to solve problems?
Absorption/involvement/engagement/focus
Atmosphere/mood
Being heard
Calm/quietude
Confidence
Effort, but not necessarily emotionally negative effort
Empathy
Freedom to learn and explore
Gumption
Heart/humility
Honesty
Initiative
Insight/Enlightenment/Aha Experience
Integrity
Openness
Passion
Patience
Persistence
Pleasure/excitement/joy/enthusiasm
in discovery, honesty, openness
Reflection
Support/belief/being valued
Ethics
Action

Those are the highest ideals of the academy.

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