So What Now?
What I have presented thus far has been a simplified version of how I choose to view my life and its place in the bigger picture. The fundamental principle I have presented is that “it’s never wrong to do the right thing”. This is an over-arching and guiding principle. I have also attempted to show why one ought to do the right thing by explaining two further, underlying principles. The first is that we reap what we sow; in other words, our thoughts and deeds are rewarded depending on their nature, either good or bad. The second is that we usually get whatever we really need from the universe. As a result, we need not worry, be selfish, or have fear of hurting ourselves when choosing actions.
My third step was to show why these two concepts can be trusted. The first reason is that we are all connected; our every thought and deed can be expected to affect every other being at some time and in some way, and they all come back to us inevitably. The second reason is that the universe seeks balance — it must have it. There can never be all one thing and not another. Good and bad are the ends of a continuum of being. They cannot exist alone. We would not recognize them alone. In our own lives we seek good results, but we are just a small part of the big picture and as such, what seems good to us may not be for another. We must adjust to a balancing.
My fourth step was to show how we can reach our goal of doing right. The first way is to pay attention. This means being awake at all times and constantly aware of where we are and of the consequences of our thoughts and deeds. The second is to understand and accept the reality of being alone on this journey. There are no gurus, teachers, guides, or secret paths. “Truth is a pathless land”. Life is a place where each being must seek his or her personal understanding within the paradoxical illusion of individualism.
This essay has been my attempt to explain a view of the mystery of life. I hope it has been as simple as I have tried to make it, understanding full well that trying to explain the unknowable is probably not possible let alone simple. At the very least, I hope I have stirred your awareness.
In the following pages, I will try to present some specific words of review and some suggestions for how these various concepts can motivate one’s thoughts and actions.