Principle 10, third week
This week we continue with our reflections on principle 10 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is also called “The Principle of Solidarity” it says: “When You Treat Others As You Would Have Them Treat You, You Liberate Yourself.”
At tomorrow’s meeting we can take a look at our experiences of, and considerations about, this Principle and it’s applications. In previous weeks we looked at the principle overall, and examples from the past. Now will focus on our present situation and try and clarify issues around, and strategies , applying this principle.
As we’ve talked about before, variations of the “Golden Rule” appear in many religions, philosophies, and ethical systems. However, if we asked the representatives of these schools “why” we should we follow this rule their answers might differ considerably. Obviously, for some it might be because their god said so. For others perhaps that it promotes social harmony. In the context of the Principles, the motive is both explicit and very specific — the principle itself tells as that when we act in this way we liberate our selves. We see once again how the principles are rooted int e register produced in us through our actions. Here’s some interesting commentary on all of that:
In Chapter XIII of The Inner Look we can read in the section introducing the 12 principles of Valid Action:
…I do not speak to you of liberty. I speak to you of liberation, of movement, of process. I do not speak to you of liberty as something static, but of liberating yourself step by step, as those who approach their city become liberated from the road already traveled. Thus, what-one-must-do does not depend upon distant, incomprehensible, and conventional morals, but upon laws: laws of life, of light, of evolution.
Here are the aforementioned “Principles” that can help you in your search for internal unity…
And in chapter II (The Inner Reality) of The Internal Landscape (these 2 books along with The Human Landscape form the Humanize the Earth trilogy).
1. What is it that you want? If you answer that it is love or security that is most important, then you are speaking of moods—of things that you cannot see.
2. If you reply that it is money, power, social recognition, a just cause, God, or eternity that is most important, then you are speaking of something that you see or you imagine.
3. We will be in agreement when you say, “I choose this just cause because I reject suffering! I want this because it brings me tranquillity, and I reject that because it disturbs me or makes me violent.”
4. Is your mood, then, at the center of all aspiration, all intention, all affirmation, and all denial? You might reply that whether you are sad or joyful, a number remains the same, and that the sun would be the sun even if human beings did not exist.
5. I will tell you that the same number differs depending on whether it is something that you have to give or to receive, and that the sun fills greater space within the human being than in the heavens.
6. The radiance of a spark or of a star dances for your eye. And though there is no light without the eye, on other eyes this radiance would fall with different effect.
7. Therefore let your heart affirm, “I love this radiance I see!” But may it never say, “Neither sun, nor spark, nor star have anything to do with me.”
8. Of what reality do you speak to fish or reptile; to gigantic animal, tiny insect, or bird; to a child or an old person; to one who sleeps or one who keeps watch in cold calculation or feverish terror?
9. I say that the echo of the real murmurs or resounds according to the ear that hears, and that for other ears what you call “reality” would play a different song.
10. Therefore let your heart affirm, “I love the reality that I build!”
I hope you find these comments of interest. This brief note has also been posted to the Facebook page for The Community of Silo’s Message, Toronto Annex, as well as to our email list.
We’d all love to hear your comments on, and thoughts about, considerations of, or artwork inspired by, any of this.
PS This week we are very happy to start using the new illustrations for the principles from our friend Rafael Edwards.