Codex Vitae

This document's purpose is to capture my beliefs about the universe, track how my thoughts change over time, and act as an invitation to others to hold me accountable to my beliefs and commitments.

How to Use This Codex

If you are Corrado Russo:

  • Use this Codex as a repository for beliefs that develop throughout the year.
  • As things happen in the world, revisit and edit this document to reflect your changing beliefs.
  • Do a yearly review in January of the entire document, editing places where beliefs have changed. Expect beliefs and tactics to change — don’t hold on to them too rigidly.

If you are not Corrado Russo:

  • Read this with the understanding that you are different from Corrado Russo — the way he lives his life is not the way you should live yours.
  • Consider creating your own Codex Vitae. Feel free to copy anything here that is helpful.

In General

 

Meta-beliefs

  • Much of what we tell ourselves about who we are and what we do are rationalizations of unconscious processes. We do not have nearly as much control over our actions as we think we do. We are not helpless, though, to influence or even change our own behavior within certain limits, any more than we are capable of changing the behavior of others. The purpose of this document is not true self-knowledge. It's just self-knowledge in the service of autonomy. 
  • Some of my beliefs are fluid, some are not. 
  • Most of my beliefs are, loosely speaking, ad-hoc. I'm not a philosopher. I'm interested in clarifying and charting my own beliefs as a way to cut down on endless negotiation and re-evaluation. All humans are ultimately an incoherent mix of changing urges, drives, chemicals, etc. But if, over time, in a variety of mental states and at a variety of ages, I continue to agree with something I have written in this document, I can feel increasingly confident that it represents some kind of core of my beliefs. And when I'm feeling vulnerable or confused about a belief, I can at least check in here as a form of conversation with myself to see whether I really believe what I wrote down.
  • At any given time, some of what I have written in this document will be out of date or incorrect, but the parts that are still true will form a kind of solid ground upon which I can stand while I re-evaluate the rest.

Principles

  • Fundamentals that guide my life.
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Selfcare

Productivity

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Food

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Physical Fitness

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Intoxicants (Drugs, Alcohol, etc.)

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Mental and Emotional Wellness

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Relationships

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations


Material World

Abode

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Money

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Consumerism

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations


Work

Career

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Business

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Learning

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Passion Projects

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations


Philosophy

Society

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Politics

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations

Predictions

Beliefs

Pre-Decisions

Aspirations


Influences

Concepts

Philosophies or ideas I espouse.

Books, Media

Books and other media that have impacted my believes.

Quotations

Quotes and mottos to live by.

Inspirational Lives

People whose lives or work inspire me in mine.


My Writing

Monthly Reports

Yearly Reports