The Four Intangible Human Values

Human existence is intangible. Like ghosts, we show up, haunt the planet for a lifetime and disappear again. All we leave behind are fading memories in those who knew us.

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We are spirits. We get a life to experience, succeed, and express ourselves. We can leave something behind, a piece of art, a book, or a movie. We can also plant a little forest.

Experience and success are silver, expression is gold. Souls express four intangible values:

  • Love
  • Beauty
  • Happiness
  • Purpose

Why are they intangible? Because they are internal, invisible. Try to prove their existence. 😉

What about values like freedom and equality? These are external conditions that allow us to express ourselves freely. External conditions will always challenge us, hence, we need to extend love, beauty, happiness, and purpose into external conditions no matter what.

These intangibles are mysteries, deep human mysteries. And impossibilities. Perfect love, ultimate happiness, flawless beauty, and pristine purpose are not from this world. But when we extend them into this world, magic happens.

One of the most ancient symbols of magic is the pentagram, which is also a symbol of mankind: a head, two arms, and two legs. The upper-most tip is the spirit or soul, which produces the four intangibles:

Pentagram Five Intangibles 02

The five intangibles of the soul have their counterparts in the world of experiences. They manifest as the five basic desires: fame, excitement (and sex), power, wealth, and romance. Every person prefers one of these five desires and, if push comes to shove, will sacrifice the other four for his or her favorite.

Which one is your favorite?

 

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