On recommendation from another forum member, I read Mark Twains essay - "What is Man?"
I recommend it to interested people here because it is in accordance with MBT and brings an interesting argument to bear on our responsibilities and possibilities here.
It is available as a download, no license, here: http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/70/pg70.html
The author had to make a couple of leaps, but those are nicely covered by MBT. One such: Twain did not conceptualize an over-soul as the source of ideas, thoughts, memories, etc. Rather, he attributed those things to culture and to "others". The only quibble I have with that is that "others" cannot be an infinite set. At some point, someone, in Twains ontology, had to have an original idea, which he denied was possible. The simple answer is that "outside forces" are NPMR-based.
The other leap he makes, which is more of a skip, is this exchange:
"Maybe the 'Me" is the soul."
"Maybe it is. What is the soul?"
"I don't know."
"Neither does anyone else."
Here, I think, MBT helps us to begin to know that which Twain could not.
The essay particularly contains two points that resonated with me. One is what Seth called "Value Fulfillment". This is pretty much the only imperative in the whole thing. I won't try to explain that here. Many places to learn about that.
The other was a concise statement that could be a useful and beautiful motto for life, and is perfectly aligned with MBT: "Diligently train your ideals upward and still upward toward a summit where you will find your chiefest pleasure in conduct which, while contenting you, will be sure to confer benefits upon your neighbor and the community."
THIS is a way of being "love" AND doing it from a "selfish" motive, which, to Twain, was the ONLY one we can ever operate from. He has us chasing our own pleasure, but training ourselves so that it is our pleasure to help others. The motive is selfish, the result is "love." BAM!
Also, an interesting distinction is made between free will and free choice. One we have, the other we do not, he says. Challenging thought - no free will. Supported by current science, IMO.
Just thought I'd throw that out there in case anyone wants a brief, insightful read.
Oh, and as a bonus, because Dave rolls like that, in case you aren't a reader, here it is, and others, in audio format http://librivox.org/what-is-man-and-oth ... ark-twain/