I had a realization while standing in line at the grocery store today when I overheard a couple of women chatting it up with a man about what a ‘Good Samaritan‘ he was.
I was looking at how we as humans act – which is within the starting point of self-interest, and, that’s an alarming point to face within self. Yet, if we look in self-honesty, at how even when we refer to acting in the ‘best interest’ of – what are we really doing? We’re always only looking out for the interest of ourselves. The same applies in our reference to someone as being the ‘Good Samaritan’ and/or ‘heroic’ acts – it’s all self-interest driven. Everything we do, every move we make is ultimately for our own personal gain.
An example is how humans react when coming upon a car accident – how when one sees an individual lying on the pavement, bloody and barely moving, as we inch our way closer – what are we actually thinking about? Obviously most people will offer assistance, but have we considered why we’re acting in the way that we do? Is there a motive, and if so, what is it? It’s self-interest… Some will say they have no such motive, but many Psychologists will disagree and studies have proved that humans are self-interest motivated.
I’ve seen within myself, how it is – we see someone in distress – we experience emotions of distress, such as fear, shock and/or worry, which causes an unpleasant emotional arousal within us, which leads us to what? We have an urge, a want to increase our own well being which we know will decrease our distress level – and the way to do that is to reduce the other person’s distress. Meaning that to assist another in distress is in fact only a means to reducing our own distress. What does all this actually mean? That the motivated behavior is really only self-interest in disguise. And, are we showing ourselves an important point of ourself we’ve avoided in seeing?
Thomas Hobbes, a 17th Century English philosopher, wrote how human beings have always acted from ego and self-interest. Hobbes himself on one occasion was seen giving money to a beggar and when asked why, he said that he was trying to relieve his own discomfort at seeing the beggar in need.
In our self-interest driven, incessant need to please ourself – we’re missing a key point and one that we don’t like seeing. Which is – we’re very much conditioned to react according to the mind as consciousness and, as it turns out, our programming from childhood and within society is pre-programmed and flawed in it’s very nature. Maybe it’s just what we’ve accepted and yet, is Not who we really are?
We don’t really require good Samaritans, heroes and/or saviors. And, we don’t have to continue to exist within the polarity of good/bad, right/wrong and positive/negative. What we can do is – we can Stop our thoughts and our participation as them.
Stopping our thoughts is actually easy when we breathe and realize we can. We can write our thoughts down and have a look at how we’re existing as them and then, we forgive ourselves for accepting and allowing self-interest/ego and greed to control and manipulate us to the point where we’ve not considered walking in the shoes of another.
We can forgive who and what we’ve believed about ourselves because the truth is, we’re just waiting for ourselves to remember who we All are, which is Equal and One as Life here on Earth.
We can assist ourselves as a humanity, and in self-honesty, we can come together and bring about a world the way we realize it can be – heaven on earth. We decide and we move ourselves in agreement together til life here is how we create it to be where Life is breathed, lived and experienced according to what’s best for all.
I forgive myself that I’ve accepted and allowed myself to exist in self-interest/ego and greed wherein my thoughts and desires were based on what I could be, get and have as more than others – instead of considering walking in the shoes of another and realizing how life will be when all life is free living according to what’s best for all.
I forgive myself that I’ve accepted and allowed myself to take life for granted because I wanted to be of special interest to everyone, instead of realizing that in my seeking validation from others I was forsaking myself and rising in debt – instead of standing up for and as all within and as living for real the words love thy neighbor as thyself.
I forgive myself that I’ve accepted and allowed myself to be debt ridden in fear and anguish to/towards our world that I all but gave up on – instead of realizing that to give up on the world is to give up on me because the world exists as it is because of me as a part of me as humanity that has sat by and watched as others have suffered and died needlessly – instead of realizing that I am equally responsible and I have the ability to stand together peacefully as a group and assist in bringing about a world that is best for all through one man, one vote with an Equal Money System.
I commit myself to standing within a clearer understanding of myself as who I am and what I’m accepting and allowing within this world and to face the fears of me that are not so pretty so that the babies born unto this world will know a world free from suffering/pain and starvation and within this I realize that I require nothing less than self-honesty and self-forgiveness and within that, I/We together as a Group can create Heaven on Earth.
I commit myself to asking myself daily who I am and how am I moving myself and is it in a way that will benefit all life in supporting a system where all life is valued equally in all ways.
I commit myself to begin my day breathing instead of judging and breathing instead of reacting and breathing instead of hating and breathing and stopping self-interest and breathing instead of acts of ego and greed and breathing instead of justifying why I can’t face me, instead I breathe so I am able to face me in self-honesty and self-forgiveness as I commit myself to moving myself walking as breath as life as all as one as equal creating heaven on earth.
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