|D.U.O. Project Philosophy|
Everyone knows the Lord's commandment concerning Love. Love first means loving and trusting in God. This is summarized in the first four commandments. It means having no other person or things, as gods, in place of the one, true God.
The second thrust of God's law of love is love toward other humans, your neighbors. This is summarized in the last six commandments. It is honoring parents, doing no murder ( including hatred since hatred is the spirit of murder ), no adultery, no stealing, no lying ( or slander, or false witness), no coveting of other's possessions. Jesus explained this two fold thrust of God's love with Matthew. Naturally, everyone knows from the world's repetition of Matthew 7:12 ( commonly known as the Golden Rule ) that herein lies the answer to all problems of all peoples of the world.
The laws of God's governance are the laws of true love, a method of giving, not getting. These laws, when practiced, generate the love that conquers fear and depression; the love that would eliminate every evil affecting mankind today. God's love is revealed in broad principles in the Golden Rule.
In a few fortunate societies, an inspired lawgiver lays down a set of rules by which to live. However, many revered codes have failed to establish a long-lived moral code. For example, the codes of Ashoka ( India), Hammurabi (Babylon), Lycurgus (Sparta), Solon (Athens), which once held sway over mighty civilizations, are today totally defunct.
The most admired standard of behavior in the West is the Golden Rule. It's formulation in the first-century Gospel of St. Matthew is: "Do unto others as you have them do unto you". When the Chinese philosopher K'ung-Tsu (known in the West as Confucius) was asked in the sixth century B.C. his opinion of a similar interpretation of the Golden Rule - - of repaying evil with kindness--he replied "Then with what will you repay kindness?"
Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their taste may not be the same (George Bernard Shaw, 1903).
The most inspiring 20th-century daily exemplars of the Golden Rule are probably Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They counseled oppressed people not to repay violence with violence, but not to be compliant and obedient either. Non-violent civil disobedience was what they advocated and lived personally. They aimed at melting the hearts of their oppressors. It worked, up to a point.
"Repay kindness with kindness", said Confucius, describing relations between individuals, "but evil with justice". In other words, "do unto others as they do unto you". It's "an eye for an eye" and "a tooth for a tooth", plus "one good turn deserves another". In actual human( and chimpanzee) behavior, it's a familiar standard.
In this modern age, there is a version summarized "Do unto others as you like, before they do it unto you". It's sometimes formulated as "He who has the gold makes the rules". This is the secret maxim of many, if they can get away with it, and an often unspoken precept of the powerful.
For the sake of argument, let's assume that what you seek in life, you will surely find. But, the direction in which you look is strictly your choice. This Do Unto Others Project is founded to attempt to influence some people to select the direction of the Golden Rule for daily living.
A person completely wrapped up in himself makes a small package. In anyone afflicted with abnormal self-concern, a deficient sense of humor seems to be an inevitable penalty. This individual has lived in a mind like a room surrounded by mirrors. Everywhere he turns, he sees himself. It would be our assignment and chosen task at the Do Unto Others (D.U.O.) Project to assist the person in changing their mirrors into windows, allowing all to see through them to new ideas and greater interests. When all the mirrors have been successfully replaced by windows, one can recall, as Edward Everett Hale did in his later years, "I once had an enemy, a determined enemy, and I have been trying all day to remember his name".
When Charles Lamb said, "The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good deed by stealth, and have it found out by accident", he truly said a mouthful. We neither can, nor should we, stop caring for ourselves, but surely there are enough hours in the day to remember our fellow man also.
As truly as a tree exists by means of chemical assimilation through roots and leaves, our own physical organisms sustain themselves by appropriated power. The entire cosmos furnishes the indispensible means by which we live at all. We are pensioners on universal energy, and our power is not fabricated in us, but released through us.
This principle of released power does not stop at any supposed line separating man's physical form from his spiritual experience. That our spirits are contiguous with a larger spiritual life, and that in this realm also our power is not self-produced, but assimilated, is affirmation of all profound religious experience.
No man can really become an unbeliever; he is psychologically bound to the necessity of believing- - in God, for example, or else in no God. When positive faiths die out, their place is always taken with negative faiths - - in impossibilities, rather than possibilities.
We, at the D.U.O. Project choose the path of possibilities...through the Golden Rule.
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