.***Disclaimer: First I want to announce I am posting for the first time from my smart; dumb phone….
SO- Let’s give this a go…
I was recently asked if I was given any wish, at all, what wish would that wish be?
My answer is the same as it always has been to that question: I would wish for enough money to pay off my wife and my bills, my family and close friends bills and to make sure my family had homes to live in and cars to drive. Plus, these days I also would add to that enough to make sure I had enough to cover my dream computer and cameras, (film and digital), along with the programs to develop digital and darkroom for film.
I have always thought this was a bit of a selfish wish myself. Wish for money for my family, my friends, and myself. When there so many others out there in need and in worse situations.
I mean; I know according to surveys given the top five wishing categories dealt with People, Money, Spirituality, Skills, and Family.
But, I always feel I should be asking for world hunger to end or world peace. Yet, I know in my heart that these things are not things that can be wished away. For life is a tug a war, a yin and yang. We need the dark with the light and the bad with the good or we would never know how to appreciate the light or the good.
After stating my wish to the person who asked me, he remarked will that was a gracious wish.
I thanked him and stated if I was granted a second wish, I would wish for others who were ill and suffering. That is when he stated: “That is very humble of you.”
This kinda took me aback for a few moments. Why is it a humble and gracious thing to care for humankind? To me it should be second nature to put others before thyself. Isn’t that what every spiritual belief in the world teaches us? ”
This is the Golden Rule which each of us are taught in kindergarden, and it has roots in a wide range of world cultures. Has been for years a standard way that different cultures use to resolve conflicts. It has a long history, and a great number of prominent religious figures and philosophers.
The Golden Rule “do onto others as you would have done to you”, appears prominently in many religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and the rest of the world’s major religions .
So, if all the world religions teach this then why is it such a humbleing thought? Why isn’t it second nature?
Peace and Light to you!