“Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
“We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
Book: “New Proofs for the Existence of God” by Fr. R.J. Spitzer (2010). The book is available in CityU library.
Comments on the Four Levels of Happiness
I try to teach my child to look for Level 3 happiness. I think it is a much healthier way to study and life.
Some salient points to be noted are:
1. The theory is not to say that higher level happiness is more important than lower level happiness. ALL levels of happiness are important to our well beings.
2. It is rather to say that pursuing higher level happiness is more meaningful than lower level happiness.
3. If pursuing Level 2 happiness, one would not be really happy in all of the following situations: i) losing; ii) drawing; iii) winning. People in ii) are never satisfied with themselves. People in iii) are under a lot of pressure to continue to perform.
4. People in iii) develop contempt or a condescending attitude towards losers if Level 2 is their dominant mode of happiness. Interestingly, others will show the same attitude towards them if they lose.
5. People who are learning to switch from Level 2 to 3 may go through a stage of comparing magnitude of contributions, which is a Level 2 idea. Actually, pursuing Level 3 happiness is not about comparing the magnitude of contributions. Also, the amount of contributions may become more or less as we grow older and it’s alright.
For more details, please refer to the book: “The Spirit of Leadership, Optimizing Creativity and Change in Organizations” by Fr. R.J. Spitzer (2000). Also see “Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life, A Practical Guide to Prayer for Active People” by Fr. R.J. Spitzer (2008). Both books are available in CityU library.
Nice Violin Performances
Jennifer Jeon - Thank You, I Did Not Realize violin solo
Jennifer Jeon - The Grace of God violin solo
Nice Badminton Messages
Dr. Yuen is married and has a lovely thirteen-year-old daughter. In his spare time, he likes playing badminton, violin, movies, reading, and strategic games. His favourite schools are St. Peter’s Primary School, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and University of Sussex; and amongst many good teachers, Ms. Yip (葉啟貞老師), Mr. Chi Hung Chiu (趙子雄老師) (in primary school), Dr. Dennis Leung (in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), and Prof. David Hogg (in University of Sussex) are particularly noteworthy teachers that have influenced him positively.