Golden Rule | I am technology. #blog by Trey Warme, Charlotte, NC
What if we look at Valentines Day differently?
? Happy Valentines Day all! ? This holiday generates different feelings for everybody, perhaps even a stressful or lonely day for some, who are longing to be involved in a romantic relationship with another. ? I’d like to offer maybe a different perspective for meaning to this day of celebration in the sharing love.
To preface this view of loving others, I’d like to begin with perhaps the most important application of love, first loving ourselves. The question has been asked many ways, “How can we experience true for love another, without first loving ourselves?” This has been taught to me, still is being taught to me actually, in a prescribed spiritual treatment with the affirmation, “There is no other single person in the entire Universe more deserving of my love than me.” Try saying it, you maybe surprised, it was not so easy for me at first – still isn’t sometimes.
? It has been said, love is action. So how do we apply loving ourselves to helping others? Perhaps many ways, whatever feels right to us. My favorite summation of this answer is found in the 67th verse of the Tao Te Ching:
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience and compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile the world.
I love that! Being compassionate toward ourselves, we may just make peace between the whole world! Our love for ourselves elevates human consciousness, and provides us perhaps a gentler view of ourselves, situations and others. Peace begins within. As within, so without. Perfect, were talking a level of responsibility I think I can handle!
Now, how do we share our practical love for ourselves with others to make a positive social impact with those we meet, or better yet, change the world as a whole? Well, like new business owners, we’re all growing our own startups, namely our startup is the development of living a happy life, meaningful to us. Like the owners of business startups, we are always learning, questioning, gauging results, growing, perhaps failing at times, learning from experience, and growing some more. Okay great, so what can I do to change the world? Being the entrepreneurs we are of the personal startups of our lives, however big we’re thinking, we need to think bigger! Read on..
As we celebrate this day of sharing love, let us remember one of the oldest, most universally recognized proverbs about love, the ethic of reciprocity, or as more commonly known today by the Western affirmation, the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
❤ Love thy neighbor.
Wait a second, now we’re talking not only action, but serious, prolonged work! Don’t worry, Rome wasn’t built in a day; like most habits of true value toward our long-term happiness, it’s practice, practice, practice. We got this! And, the ethic of reciprocity, or Golden Rule, is shared by so many human cultures and religions, there is strong implication it may be related to our fundamental human nature, our essence even. Like water being the essence of ALL life as we know it, perhaps ‘loving others as ourselves’ maybe the essence of all sentient beings. Hmm… getting all philosophical, is he? (in my best Yoda voice) Ha, I’m nobody and know very little, if anything at all, but the essence of all life sounds pretty exciting to me! Eh, I digress.
Possibly the earliest recorded affirmation of reciprocity is from ancient Egypt. Early teachings of the concept are also recorded in the ancient teachings of the Near East, ancient China, ancient India schools of thought in both Sanskrit and Tamil traditions, as well as ancient Greece, and Persia.
The religious context of this teaching is shared among all Abrahamic religions, covering Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Bahá’í; Indian religions encompassing Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism; embraced by the East Asian religions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Mohism; the Iranian religion of Zoroastrianism; and contained in teachings of newer recognized religious movements, such as Wicca and Scientology to name some recorded to be most widely practiced.
The ethic of reciprocity, or Golden Rule, also makes its way into secular context today, plus global ethics teachings such as humanism and existentialism. Other contexts where the rule is seen today are human rights, economics, psychology, and even children’s stories.
With the Golden Rule maxim so widely shared, it maybe safe to really say we truly are one; from love we come, from love we will return, and perhaps even learning to love really is our reason, our higher purpose, our assigned mission: to love each other as we love ourselves. Happy Valentines Day all, today and everyday! You are loved.. by me!
❤ We are one.
What do you think? Let’s hear it! Thank you!
Trey Warme is currently helping the social media of ?AgriSmart, Inc, a conscious group of entrepreneurs with a sustainable agriculture startup in partnership with the Society for Development of Forests (SODEFOR), a government agency in Côte d’Ivoire (Africa’s Ivory Coast). For more on Trey’s efforts of promoting a global consciousness of oneness, visit ?AgriSmart, Inc’s Website and online social media profiles: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn