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Nine ways to suffer

Enneagram teaching posits nine passions (from passio, meaning ‘to suffer’). These are anger, pride, deceit, envy, greed, fear, gluttony, lust and, taking up the rear, sloth. Most men assume their dominant passion is lust. Most men are wrong. Fear-based men vastly outnumber men who love to fight. We dance with each other. Lust leads. Fear follows.


Modesty is the grandest, most majestic of all the virtues. It is a being state. Specifically, it is the state of being indifferent to what other people think.

Modesty has never known nervousness, worry, stage fright or performance anxiety.

Modesty is not shyness. Shyness is needy, calculating, egoic. It seeks attention in order to reject it.

Modesty has never said, “I did this!”

Oh, modesty. Thy kingdom come. On earth as in heaven.