Creating Futures: A Golden Rule Principle
Because we are capable of creating futures we must accept that along with that ability comes—guess what?—more responsibility. This, too, is the Golden Rule. Each decision made creates a certain future, and the next decision makes another future, and the next another future, and so on. The combination of the decisions we make are creating futures and our ultimate end, a reflection of our past free-will choices. We alone are responsible for that future.
It seems no one speaks of responsibility anymore. It’s like we are left to our pathetic animal desires and “what will be, will be,” with little regard for future results. Unfortunately, that is a script designed for a disastrous ending. Historically, when societies have veered from the path of truth, the ending hasn’t usually gone well.
If you, too, perceive a place and purpose for our species, and if you agree with my individual-happiness-as-primary-goal philosophy that we can affect our outcomes, which inevitably affects the outcomes of those in our periphery, you must see that there is great responsibility associated with this process.We have come to understand that certain actions provide the greatest returns in our lives, while others are self-defeating. With proper knowledge of our place in the realm of universal consciousness, we can act in a self-loving manner and still produce the greatest outcome for ourselves and others. This is something we can create through our free-will decisions as well as our positive mental attitude choices. Our duty is to protect and enhance these liberty systems. This also means we learn to overcome learned prejudices.
Now pay attention while I explain a practical spiritual discipline called karma yogafor living a more effective, happier life in this vexing, ever changing world. This is the path of selfless, God-dedicated action. … By making this your path you can live a spiritual life and yet stay fully active in the world. You can remain a man of action, achieving your very best, and yet not be bound or caught by the worldly. (*Hawley 2001, 18-19)