A Strategy for Human Ideals and Goals
We seek to be fully functioning human beings who respect all life and search for ways to help all beings find and fulfill their potentials. We recognize that we live within a world of natural struggles between all creatures who strive to achieve their personal survival, health, freedom of action, and the possibility of their forming a family for themselves. We also realize that we humans are presently the dominant life force here on Earth and because we are conscious of the powers we have, we are responsible for the health and well-being of a self-sustaining living planet. We seek to be stewards of a healthy world and not destroyers of it by our overconsumption of the Earth’s natural resources.
We seek to understand how the world works so we may live in greater compliance with what it offers to us for our well-being and we choose to avoid ideas that are not founded in the reality of the natural world because false ideas will bring more difficulties than help to our lives.
We choose to accept our lives as being part of the natural order of the Universe and that we are only a tiny part of the whole, but we as individuals and as humans are infinitely important to one another while we exist. Until modern humans existed, life was guided by nature selecting for reproduction those beings that best fitted the local environment. But, with modern genetic manipulation techniques now available, we must take responsibility for guiding the future of life forms. We can choose to create an environment that will be kind to all of its beings including our future human beings.
Our ethical values naturally expand from our own needs, to those of our family, our community, our humanity, and to the whole living system here on Earth. Each living thing is an important part of the whole interactive and dynamically balanced system, in which when even the tiniest thing is changed the whole system is changed, in a tiny way, in response.
Our lives become more meaningful when we can find personal ways to interact helpfully with other people and living things. We all have talents which we use to expose the wonders around us and those new visions of reality make each of our worlds more vivid and exciting. Our total human society is brimming with meaningful discoveries and talking with a person from a totally different culture can be a joyful revelation of new views of old things.
We can be careful when relating with children, and adults too, to make sure they are not exposed to dangerous and painful ideas that distort their lives. People who have been injured by other people’s destructive behavior tend to spread those injuries to others around them. However, we can choose to be kind and helpful to other people at every encounter. Sometimes it is impossible to be helpful in a given situation and the best action is to quietly walk away and find someplace where we can be kind and helpful.
Being kind to others becomes a habit and it returns to the person because then they become kinder to themselves. Unfortunately, the people who treat others badly each live inside a person who treats themselves badly too and they can not help but feel miserable. Being kind to others teaches a person to be kind to themselves.
When a person works to benefit all society, then all society benefits and the doer of the good works has the satisfaction of knowing they are being a helpful person on a grand scale. It may be difficult to know what the best thing to do is in a given situation, but it is always clear what a hurtful action is and it is easily avoided by choosing to be kind.
We can choose to make the world a better place by choosing to do kind and helpful acts for other people and for the whole world.