smcj wrote:I don't know about the reference you just cited. I've heard that morality is the basis for concentration. When one is immoral one is, in effect, experiencing internal chaos. Life is then like trying to walk around on the deck of a ship being tossed at sea.
I recall that William James also connected morality with concentration, albeit from a psychological perspective.
"The trouble is to keep the mind upon a train of objects naturally so insipid. To sustain a representation, to think,
is, in short, the only moral act, for the impulsive and the obstructed, for sane and lunatics alike. Most maniacs know their thoughts to be crazy, but find them too pressing to be withstood. Compared with them the sane truths are so deadly sober, so cadaverous, that the lunatic cannot bear 'to look them in the face and say, 'Let these alone be my reality !' " William James, The Principles of Psychology, Chapter XXVI
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