Truth, Love and Justice and the Rotary Four-Way Test

Tonight I will speak to the Kauai West Rotary on the topic “Truth, Love and Justice and the Rotary Four-Way Test”. For those who wanted to hear the talk but cannot be there, the essence of what I will be talking about is in my blogs from February 14 until today, which is this post. So if you want to know, start reading the post Human Resource Development and work your way up to today.

In addition, I will be asking the audience to discuss what advantages or disadvantages using Truth, Love and Justice have to the Rotary Four-Way Test in making decisions and living our lives. Below is a chart of comparisons to Truth, Love and Justice that ends with the Rotary Four-Way Test. I would be interested in your thoughts and if you have anything to add or change in the chart below.

Guiding Principles Truth Love Justice
Human capacities Think Feel Choose (to act)
Human purpose Knowing – truth Valuing – love Choosing – justice
To obtain, Obligation Investigate Care Create
Collective tool for Consultation Compassion Construction
Traps or false replacements of Ideology Romanticism Legalism
Human state from acquiring Authenticity Altruism Autonomy
Plato, Greek Ideals Truth Beauty Good
Collective outcome Understanding Unity Peace
Associated body part Head or Brain Heart Hand or Gut
Individual types Thinkers Feelers Doers
Psychological domains Cognitive Affective Conative
Capability of Mind Heart Will
Humanism Reason Compassion Courage
Associated philosophy Logic/ Epistemology Aesthetics/ Axiology Ontology/Ethics
Roads to spirit Way of knowledge Way of feeling Way of action
Ken Wilber Science Arts Morals
Ken Wilber Agency-preservation Eros-transcendence Communion-adaptation
Main task of Differentiate Integrate Transcend
Kant Pure Reason Aesthetic Judgment Practical Reason
Aurobindo’s yogas Knowledge Love Action
Steiner’s pedagogy Thinking/head Feeling/heart Willing/hands
Rotary Four-Way Test Is it the TRUTH? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Some aspect of and correlates to truth, love and justice.


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Dr. Rodney H Clarken is professor emeritus, School of Education, Northern Michigan University.
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