We ought to be able to persuade on opposite sides of a question; as also we ought in the case of arguing by syllogism: not that we should practice both, for it is not right to persuade to what is bad; but in order that the bearing of the case may not escape us, and that when another makes an unfair use of these reasonings, we may be able to solve them.
I can see in the acorn the oak tree. I see the growth, the rebuilding, the restoring. I see that is the american psyche. There is so much we can draw understanding from. One of the lessons is the development of courage. Because without courage, you can't practice any of the other virtues consistently.
Habit 7 is taking the time to sharpen the saw. by renewing the four dimensions of your nature - physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional, you can work more quickly and effortlessly. to do this, we must be proactive. this is a quadrant ii (important, not urgent) activity that must be acted on. it's at the center of our circle of influence, so we must do it for ourselves.
I am convinced that courage is the most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue consistently. You can be kind for a while; you can be generous for a while; you can be just for a while, or merciful for a while, even loving for a while. But it is only with courage that you can be persistently and insistently kind and generous and fair.
Those who like myself, consider themselves to be followers of buddha, should practice as much as we can. To followers of other religious traditions, i would like to say, 'please practice your own religion seriously and sincerely.' and to non-believers, i request you to try to be warm-hearted. I ask this of you because these mental attitudes actually bring us happiness.