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SIMPLICITY


Simplicity is the first offspring of humility, to faith, as well as to hope in God (which is the greatest assurance for man), to patience (which sorts out many things and brings divine results), and to spiritual joy. Simplicity can be diverted into impudence (offensively bold) and deviousness (not straightforward). If you want to be free of your passions, your medicine is to be simple (humble). When simplicity is present in a person, love, sacrifice, goodness, philotimo, and devotion are also present.

A person who is simple and innocent is humble and receives the Grace of God. The person who has true simplicity has no pride. The simple person has the grace of God and does NOT provoke. In order to attain perfect simplicity his heart needs to be cleansed of self-interest. Within the true love of Christ, within that state of simplicity and purity, a good childlike demeanour (behavior) develops, which is what Christ asks us to achieve; become as little children.

The simple person is innocent. He turns both what is bad and what is ugly into good. He has good thoughts about everyone. A simple person thinks that everyone else thinks just as he does. Natural simplicity is that of a child. When you scold (express angry disapproval) a misbehaving child, he starts to cry. The moment you give the child a toy, everything is forgotten. You see the child will not start examining why you had scolded him earlier and then gave him a toy to play with, for the child works with the heart, whereas an adult works with the mind.

A person who is simple by nature may be harmless; he may be kind and so forth, but he may also have a child’s wily (full of wiles; cunning; artful deceptiveness). For example, while he may not think ill of his neighbor, if he has to choose between two things, he will take the better for himself and leave the worse for the other. He is like a piece of gold that is mixed with scrap metal. In order to attain the state of simplicity, his heart needs to be cleansed of all guile (skillful deceit), self-interest and so forth.

Within the true love of Christ, within that state of simplicy and purity, a good childlike demeanour (behavior) develops – which is what Christ asks us to achieve… “Become as little children”.

SAINT PAISIOS

INTRODUCTION

VIRTUES

NOBILITY
HUMILITY
SIMPLICITY
DISCERNMENT
JOY
LOVE/TRUE LOVE
PHILOTIMO  (Greek word: φιλοτιμο)
LEVEDIA (Greek word: λεβεντια

PASSIONS (in progress)

INTRODUCTION

SELF-LOVE
EGOISM
CONDEMNATION
SORROW
ENVY
ANGER
DESPAIR
RESENTMENT


CONCLUSION