I think that we’re on the earth to do good – good for the largest number of entities possible.
I say entities because I don’t think it should stop at just people – the entire world needs us to do good.
It’s easy to do good for yourself, easy to do good for your beloved ones, a bit harder to do it for strangers, and damned difficult to do it for those who you perceive as enemies or those who view you as an enemy…
But doing good saves us. I don’t mean that in the way that some religions mean. I don’t have a religion, per se – not in the traditional western way – what I believe in is far more vast and incomprehensible than what most religious people seem (by their actions more than their words) to believe in.
When I say it saves us, I mean that doing good balances us, keeps us from thinking that everything is about us. It takes us out of that delusional frame of mind and opens up the possibility of knowing that we are fully a part of the world.
I believe in doing as little harm to the world as I can. I used to say that my one tenet, my one moral code, was to do no harm. But I knew I failed at this everyday. And then, with some gentle guidance (thank you, Kaz) I realized that it was impossible to do no harm, and that holding myself to a creed that I was doomed to fail at, every single day, was harming myself. So now I focus in doing as little harm as I can… I still fail at this many days. But then there are some days…
I believe in the ability of all people to do good.
I believe the universe is vast and that there are so many things we’ll never, ever understand – and that we should rejoice in that fact.
I believe that I can make a difference, somehow…
I think – believe – that the spark of doing good is born in us but that it is often overshadowed by the tendency towards selfishness. Babies and children are amoral. We’re supposed to outgrow it, to learn and develop a moral compass, but it’s not easy at all. I think that the first steps are when we discover how it feels to do good for others.
It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good. – Helen Keller
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