Principle 10, third week
This month we are focusing on principle #10. It is also called “The Principle of Solidarity” it says: “When You Treat Others As You Would Have Them Treat You, You Liberate Yourself.”
In previous weeks we have looked at the structure of the principle, and how it was, or could have been applied in the past. This week we turn to examples from the present. We will try to clarify issues around, and strategies to perfect, how we use this principle in particular and all the Principles of Valid Action in general.
First time here? Then you should know:
Every month we focus one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action. These can be found in Chapter 13 of the book, The Inner Look. Each week we look at a different aspect of that month’s principle. These principles, or guidelines, or however you think of them, are elements that we can form into a discipline which can be practiced at every moment and in every circumstance. They are a kind of dynamic meditation. With time and application these efforts will give all my activities a particular tone, mood, and mental direction. Our goal is to weave these general ideas that you can weave together into a coherent style of life.
Here are some of the considerations about this principle. I’m drawing them from conversations with many people and from materials we created over the years to help illustrate various subjects related to “valid action”. I’m sorry that in most cases I can’t credit specific individuals for their contributions but I will when I can.
Thoughts about this months Principle:
Meanwhile, here’s some personal reflections related to this subject. I hope you find them of some use in triggering your own meditations. Sharing your thoughts can be useful both in forcing you to give them some order but also in clarifying, inspiring or infuriating others — even that last can be useful. Please consider sharing your ideas with us at the meeting or in these notes.
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. All that is very well for the believers in those faiths or ideologies. For others the answers may not be very persuasive. 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 in the register produced in us through our actions. Here are some thoughts about all of that from the perspective of Silo’s Message:
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) we find the following:
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!”
Next week we’ll emphasize how this principle might apply in future situations.
And in Conclusion:
These notes have been sent to the email list of The Community of Silo’s Message Toronto Annex, and posted on Facebook, as well as on my blog at www.dzuckerbrot.com
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Remember you can find The Inner Look and Silo’s Commentaries on the Message, along with the rest of Silo’s writings (in many languages) on www.silo.net You can also find information and materials about Silo’s Message and its activities around the world at www.silosmessage.net