Are you creating your own determined future, or are you chasing the red laser dot and find yourself totally distracted? This is an excerpt from The Simple Little Rule: The Golden Rule Rediscovered.
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 I have brought you to a place where 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.
Krishna tells Arjuna,
Now pay attention while I explain a practical spiritual discipline called karma yoga for 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)