Ethic of Restraint
One of my favorite parts of the Ethics book is his idea of the ‘ethic of restraint’. The road towards happiness is truly a two pronged approach, or rather a balancing act of our restraint and cultivation. I definitely agree that compassion is one of the core virtues that contain such things as humility, love, tolerance and forgiveness. Through our own restraint of our afflictive emotions, and the cultivation of our own deep compassion, we can truly be on the road to happiness. This brings up the question, “Is happiness inborn?” According to this definition it is, and I am inclined to agree with it. Our own inner cultivation does not require any outside source; it is our own inner self that needs to develop the patience and peace of mind to deal with the outside sources. His Holiness talks about a transformation of our habits and dispositions, so we can move towards a more stable condition of our heart and mind. This condition is kun long, and I love the encapsulation of a broad concept that it represents. I think that restraint is very important, because it keeps us from veering off the path to happiness.