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It seemed reasonable to write about some new ideas by going through Google and checking alphabetically the quotations on various subjects. For example: Abundance, Acceptance, Action, Adversity, but there was an immediate snag to that procedure, because Google is popularity driven and that means the wisdom of adolescent first experience is what comes to the fore. That is, adolescent ideas dominate this type of search. These are worthy enough world views for starters and probably adolescents will do well following these ideas in their youthful environments, but I have lived though all that and probably made most of the mistakes of in my earlier ages. But, believe it or not, there is progress to be made by living five more decades, if you keep searching. Of course one will only discover that by living more decades and keeping up the search.

If the quotations are approached using the Probaway Chart of Maturity nearly all of the quotations fall into the Adolescent range, although some are toying with the ideas of Adult behavior, but few are considering the opportunities and responsibilities of Maturity. It takes an overview to be able to sort through these ideas and make the most productive ideas come to the fore. For example, some of the most beautiful poetry is very helpful and some is obvious nonsense. John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”: Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know is an intriguing idea written by Keats as a conclusion in the poem when he was eighteen. It is an encouragement to turn off your mind, and probably since 1819 when the poem was written many people have followed that questionable advice.

Paths to human maturity

Paths to human maturity.

For a line-by-line read-through of this chart go to: Probaway – PATHS TO MATURITY – Chart expanded. That will make more concrete the abstractions best seen set in relationship to one another in the chart above. The advantage for most people using this chart is that they can quickly tune into the type of actions they should seek and those they should avoid. The disadvantage is that it illustrates just how puerile modern society tends to be.

There is more to life than TV game shows.