Friday, March 12, 2010
If we tend to criticize and gossip about others, wouldn’t it only make sense that we would assume others do the same about us? So naturally, our actions towards others create our own discomfort because we now feel judged and gossiped about. The more we judge others, the more we feel judged. If we walk around feeling judged all the time, I would imagine we would be pretty miserable and negative. How do you think the world responds to a person who walks around like that all the time? On the other hand if we never did these things, it would not be on our mind and we would be unaware as to what others may or may not be saying about us. As the saying goes, “ignorance is bliss” so I would imagine our attitude would be one of confidence and happiness. How do you think the world would respond to one who walks around with that attitude? My guess would be that good things would happen to that person and therefore you can see the compounding affects of the decision to be positive about others. In the long run, it would have a greater impact on our own lives and be less about what we felt it was originally about.
I think through that example, one can see how the world is a mirror of yourself. It also puts a whole new meaning to, “Do unto others, as you would have them do on to you.” I thought that to be some one-liner the priest in school told me to make me behave. Now I realize what I do to others, has a direct impact on me, so my translation would read, “Do unto others, as you do on to you.”