I wrote this text in September 2004, a few months after my conversion to Catholicism.
- Managerial Skills
Respect for the resources that you have at your disposal. A responsible stewardship of goods entrusted to your management. Gratitude for what you have, thankfulness and responsibility for your goods.
- Ends and Means Awareness
The art of selecting the appropriate means to a given goal. The awareness of the goal, the awareness of accessible resources, and the search for a bridge between these two concepts.
- The Spirit of Sacrifice
The readiness to sacrifice one’s goods for the sake of a well-understood higher goal. The mentality that material is just a resource to be used to obtain a goal, sometimes to be sacrificed.
- The Spirit of Cooperation
Harmonious cooperation of all: the weakest and the strongest alike. Every piece is useful and has to be incorporated into the master plan because there are crucial tasks allotted to the weak and small. Coordination of actions, good timing, and the contentment to play one’s role even if it seems unimportant.
The cultivation of mobility and energy, the potential to act and to be uninhibited. The avoidance of stagnation at all costs. Rejection of laziness.
The art of predicting the future, and getting ready to face what is coming. Prudence and provision. Respect for what the future brings. Elastic adaptation to what is coming and
the readiness to give up a prior course of action.
- Humility and Awe of the Future
The sense of one’s own inability to predict the future. Respect for the limits and contrainsts of one’s own imagination. The concern to be good at the present moment as an answer to the fear of the future.
- Interpersonal Dialog
The experience of dialog with another intellect. The meeting of a worthy partner. Respect for other persons that appear within our reach of perception. The sense of togetherness in sharing a deep experience. The development of a bond with your opponent.