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1. Well-Well Variations

"Well" is a deep subject. - American

On this page is a battery well-well reservations. A well-chosen bundle of them are presupposed to be aligned with anything here, at least by the site owner - for safety reasons. But using reservations as is done on the site, can have additional advantages also. It can be good to learn to add a little "ahem" or "well -" to many sorts of claims, for example.

But first, the site's General Disclaimer says something about attempts at improving health:

CAUTION: Any information given on this site is not intended to replace mature, solid medical advice and/or treatment. Those in need of medical attention should consult a well qualified practitioner or therapist. And one should seek professional medical advice even if minor symptoms persist, as they could be signs of more serious underlying conditions.

To be on the safe side, let not old persons (over 65-70) practice harsh teachings without due medical supervision. [From the site's General Disclaimer]

One had better not succumb to rash faith, but instead try to consider faith-ideas in the light of Buddha basics against being taken in by dogmatic talk and rhetorics and whatever. In line with Buddha's guidelines, the site is furnished with many subsumed reservations, adjusting to what Bertrand Russell says about "qualifications":

If you want to make a statement with a great many qualifications, put some of the qualifications in separate sentences. - Sir Bertrand Russell, (1961)

This is done throughout. Here is (1) a bundle of standard reservations to choose among according to a plan, along with (2) instructions on how to choose from among them and use appropriate selections - letting them be presupposed additions to whatever else is shown or written on the site - or anything in particular - and the apt reservations not to be done away with, for careful, presupposed, subsumed qualifications (reservations) can ease communication by making it simpler and fairly accessible.

Thus, one often is helped by even modest attempts at Plain English by a design that presupposes deft use of an array of supportive, well chosen reservations. Supportive means, ideally, supportive to the owner of this site and the site itself, first and foremost. That is for safety reasonse. But ideally, 'supportive' does not end there at all; it is preferably supportive to both me and you - a so-called win-win deal. It consists of choosing a blend of a cogent, well united reservations chosen from a "Grand Platter" of reservations on the site: [More].

An example of subsumed qualifications to "knit" together and adapt to any statement throughout:

Presumably • maybe eventually under fit conditions • to the degree it is correct • to some degree • in some/a savoury, sound, rewarding, profitable, and satisfactory (ie, good) way or sense • if seen from certain angles • under so and so conditions • to be statistically verified later on, hopefully • maybe never. [More presupposed qualifications]

Exercise: Add profitable and to some degree fit qualifications to the essence of this:

Can there be such a thing as a true story that never happened? . . . The Gospels of the New Testament contain stories kind of like that," writes Dr Bart D. Ehrman in his book, Jesus, Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium (2001:30, 31).

Here is one go: "The gospels of the New Testament contain "true" stories, but bible research grants they most likely did not happen, some of them."

The reservations are " ", "most likely", a little added ("some of them") to limit the statement clearly, and an added reference to bible research, granted that Professor Ehrman is a biblical scholar and author of many books about the New Testament, including findings of scholar and archeologists in some of them, like the book cited from.

2. What is called "good" or "well"

"Good" and "well" are strongly influencing words, often taken to in rhetorics. One should probe into or clarify what these words may mean in any statement where they appear. "Good for whom?" is one such probing question. There are many others. We discern between three main types of "good", and each may serve as motivations in different settings:

  1. Good in relation to sensible "we-aims" (at least), aligned to "What's good for the goose needs to be good for the gander."
  2. Good with regard to dealing with opponents - There is a lot of competition with its opponents in the human realm, and among animals and downwards.
  3. Good in relation to looming common goals to serve in a decent setting - if you are friends, or by common or large agreement (consensus). These also serve as conformity-ensuring standards.
Ad 1, Good in relation to we-focused aims and dealings: Some examples: We had better foster the more complete fare. We need to be well enough guarded. We have to remain culinary as to the mainframe. We're fond of yielding to better knowledge.

Ad 2, Good in relation to dealing with opponents: Other souls should get sound and tidy and need to keep it up that way. Other souls need to know or be told a good "thing" must be well enough nuanced and tidy to look at. What is called good and worthy needs to be impressed on others; then they can stick to it. - And so on.

Ad 3, Good in relation to common goals: Is handy to look at, or as handy as can be - decent all over is preferred. Not heart-breaking, and hardly scarring innocent bystanders.

There are many more nuances of what "good" - and "well" - may be taken to mean on a separate page. Remaining careful, guarded and polite comes in addition. And as with the "supposed reservations", the suitable selections of 'good' at any time serves this site first, next others. [More]

Also, something is good if it is: Dedicated to basic usefulness and not rueful in itself - Dedicated to a decent fare - Serviceable in the long run - Decent all over is preferred - And not without inner consistency. [More]

3. A standardised structure yields meaning to statements within it

In order to better understand the meaning and scope of a statement in our standardised essays, find their placement in the categorical mainframe, which is an all-round scheme.

Ankh-Thinking
Should you find something of interest on a page, check if there is an ankh - ☥ - behind a link or more in the table of contents on that page, or a "Get Tao" icon at the start of the chapter in question. Then go on to take a look at the summary of each chapter before reading into the text, for such an approach usually helps assing the material in question. This is in part because such an approach can evoke more cogent associations as you read the text itself, and a better frame of mind for studying it.

To have a look at summaries first is part of general study methods. It could save time and help you to get more out of what you choose to read. [The Ankh, Egyptian symbol of life]

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Reservations, great, assembled qualifications, LITERATURE  

Ehrman, Bart D. Jesus, Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium.. Paperback ed. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Russell, Sir Bertrand. "How I Write". In The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell, ed. Robert E. Egner and Lester E. Denonn. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1961:63-65. Online at: www.solstice.us/russell/write.html

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