Last night I ran out of time and energy and a clear development of the idea, “Do the right action for the moment.” That statement of the idea would be in alignment with the Biblical Ecclesiastes 3:
1 To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time.
“Do the right action for the moment” is a good generalization for these statements from Ecclesiastes. However, the emotion coupled with that idea, the one that drives humans to live on, in good times and bad, is hope. That concept of hope is based on personal agency and the ability to control, or at least influence, events that are within our ability to influence. In an attempt to extend our influence, supplications to a deity are expressed by the following aspects of prayer:
Deification, Glorification, Intercession, Reverence, Veneration.
The verse from Ecclesiastes and the aspects of prayer are yet another filter of ideas that I can apply to the quest for hope based on intentionally directed kind acts. The rendition below is the same as previous ones, but to maintain easy searchability I am naming it #27.
This version, #27, is revealed to me at this time as …
We seek unbounded hope for our future by doing another unique kind act, and by:
1. —exploring the orderly nature of our bountiful Universe, so we can help ourselves and others benefit from everything that it makes possible.
2. —striving to physically survive as individuals and as a species by seeking opportunities to live and participate in every favorable place.
3. —creating open-ended attractor goals, so you and I and all living beings can have meaningful lives within our personal worlds.
4. —becoming known to everyone as dedicating our wisdom and energy to alleviating the suffering of all beings.
5. —helping everyone to find meaning in their lives by helping them to find a personal path to kind acts and thus to unbounded hope.
6. —making a habit of giving our attention to individuals and acknowledging their wisdom and kind acts within our shared Universe.
7. —appreciating that we as people expressing diverse views to one another are more likely to discover the bounty of our Universe and the beautiful new ways we may choose to live our lives.
The most challenging of those Biblical ideas is Intercession, and the only Intercession this plan for creating unbounded hope is asking of the deity is to leave us in complete freedom of thought and action. That is, to leave the Universe to continue to function in the consistent ways that have permitted us to come into existence as free beings.
This #27 rendition emphasizes the responsibility of any deity to maintain the laws of the Universe as they exist.