According to Plato and the hellenic historian Thycudides, the backside of that beautiful coin called democracy is corruption. This weakness of democracy was well known in the ancient Hellas. Democracy was the main organizational method of most of the hellenic city states. There was off cause Sparta that had a more aristocratic way of doing things. But even Sparta had a council and the citizens used to vote on things as well, in the mass, the central, communal gathering they made every day.

Because this recognition of democracy having a weak side, most democracies and their inhabitants were very observant about the problem, and their intellectuals tried to find ways of controlling the situation. Platos political ideas were made in a time where democracy fell to corruption. And much of his political work could be seen as a experimenting and search for the perfect society in absolute balance between freedom and moral.

His point was  that the quality of democracy is freedom and the quality of aristocracy is ethics or moral. Therefor one has to combine these two organizational methods into one unit. Sparta was, in a way, such an ideal society. They had kings, and they a form of democracy.

Today we encounter the weak side of democracy on an international level. The systems we installed after the french revolution democracy + the rule of law, has reached its final developmental cycle; chaos. This is obvious in The US, Great Britain, France, Denmark, and to some extent in Germany. The corruption of democracy has been formalized on an federal level, so that it somehow merges into a enormous juggernaut of destruction. The European Union is such a condensation of corruption. Most of the decitions made by the EU is against the will of the people, and it bears all the stigmatas of a democracy in a violent, spinning decay. One of the main parameters of a failing democracy is the lack seriousness attached to the citizenship. The citizenship is the very core of the state. Each citizen abides to the laws and the decitions of the rulers of democray. This gives a certain cohesion and a mutual playing ground. If this core institution is weakened the law is weakened as a result. This is quite obvious in all of the west. The citizenship is weakened to an extreme. In Denmark the state protects foreign citizens much more than citizens of the state. In the example of the attack on the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, the state cannot send the foreigner home to his original state. Why? Because he has international rights. And the state is not aware of the extreme importance connected to the citizenship and the function of it. To be a citizen is an honour, and the state should protect its citizens.

The examples on moral corruption is manyfold; the young are extremely hedonistic. It is all about material needs, sex, drugs and rock´n roll. Hip hop, the new musical trend is a cult of pimps and prostitutes, These ideals are unhealthy for the young.

The law is not respected in many cases. The extreme liberal has shown their disrespect for the law by burning cars, on places where people live. Also the personal responsability between people is weakening, as a consequence the trust diminshes. The nation as the institute people respect and fight for is weakened. People are cosmopolitans. Cosmopolitanism is ok, but when it comes to war, one has to have someone to stand by.

The mass media, and mainstream culture of the US is actually one of the main destructers of social cohesion and personal ethichs. Take Sex in the City. It is a funny program, but come on, the world that it builds, focusing on superficiality and material needs is not a world of beauty. And besides the feelings of people are still there, you still fall in love, and you still feel betrayed, the world is not only about sex, it is about love.

There is a path of ressurection of the western societies and that is to realize the corruption of the democratic world and start doing something about it. Strengthen the basic institutions like; law, citizenship. It is a moral reawakening in the media and in academia. Somehow truth and justice should be reimplemented as basic virtues in the state bureaucracies.

The alternative is dire indeed, it is civil war. Because the chaos will bring war to the shores of the democratic world. And in that chaos, the strong man will emerge, and he will bring tyranny. That would be the natural course of events in an another age, as in Hellas. Today there is just one aber dabei; we cannot plunge the world into chaos now, because it would ruin all life. The weapons available to mankind is of such an extremety that it would, probably, ruin the most of mankind. The democracies have to take responsability of their own faults, fight the corruption in their own back yard. Enlighten the world. That is the only viable course, otherwise mankind and most of life on the world will cease to exist.

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  1. Rene’ Descartes
    January 15th, 2010 at 12:09 | #1

    dear Admin
    Perhaps there is an other way you don’t know about.
    There are life after Democracy, trust me.

  2. Rene’ Descartes
    January 15th, 2010 at 12:14 | #2

    Prophecy for after democracy.
    What you now se is Democracy with ‘rigor mortis’.
    True prophecies only have two reasons for being revealed, the first, is to warn us about what will happen in the future if we don’t change our ways in what we think and do, as well as giving us the opportunity to change. Or, second, to warn us to prepare ourselves and our loved ones for the prophesied future when it does happen. Prophecy was never been to scare us in any way. The teachings the truly wise and enlightened teachers gives give us, is always about the future, and what we will have to do to correct our mistakes and reach our true potential and purpose, just as they. It is about how to make your Soul ready for your future, because your body will die and be eaten by worms or consumed by fires some day, in any case. But you,– the Soul you are, that which will survive dead, is what will have to be perfected and enlightened and become aware of its own mistakes, responsibility, and accountability. Knowledge of the past, the way it sadly is being presented, is more like a record of the victor’s successes and his opponent’s failures, to motivate you to admire him or to help him create his delusions of grandeur, and motivate people to idolize the victor in some way, as well as keep you focused in the wrong direction, backwards instead of forward. But you cannot change the past one iota. And you do need to change something, but then again, you may not know what that is before you are about to die, and trust me, then you will, and then it is too late to do much about it in this life. For most people, the past has irrevocably gone. So look to the future, forget the past, it is passé. That is the problem with Religions; they all look backwards and tell you what happen in the past, they never tell you what you have to do in the future to achieve your purpose. The problem is, your time is running out, you will die one day for sure, but you don’t know when, so try to be on your toes, and keep to the point of what has to be done before you do. For some people, history can be a source of learning how mans past actions create the re-actions of today and can be projected as prophesy into the future of what may be coming. There are many sources of prophesy both past and present. You have Prophets, Psychics, Seers, you have people with Near Dead Experiences (NDE), wise men and women, and you have many other different sources as well. The credibility of the sources is many times drawn into question, and rightly so, however, if the information in the prophecy (which is Projecting the reaction to some previous action) is in harmony with the many credible sources and available, then the prophecy can be accepted as a possibility of a future prophecy. If the Prophecy helps you to become a better person and make you evolve to become a better and more prepared for the future, then the prophecy is most likely real. The way it works is simple. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, that is a law in the Universe, (sowing and reaping, karma etc.) so by looking at what you sowed in the past, you can project what you reap of harvest in the future. If you throw a stone up into the air, the prophecy is that it will come down in the near future. It is that simple. The only two things mystical about Prophecy, or understanding what the reaping will be, is who has the insight to realize it, and who has the Conscious awareness required to get it from the higher source? Prophecies from such sources as NDEs (Near Dead Experiences), the Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce and other psychic phenomena, as well as past life regressions, all agree that a new era of peace on Earth will come after the many foreseen natural disasters to purify the Earth from the so-called sins and evil of this modern and very sick civilization. The following information is some of the positive prophecies of the future that are predicted to occur. What is interesting is that some NDE, accounts sometimes involve a sense of having total knowledge and Conscious awareness of everything. Others are given a view of the entirety of the Earth’s evolution and history from the beginning to the end of time. But sadly, many NDE accounts are not investigated much.
    The following is a good example on action-reaction Prophecy by Einstein,
    “In a polar region there is a continual deposition of ice, which is not symmetrically distributed about the pole. The Earth’s rotation acts on these unsymmetrically deposited masses [of ice], and produces centrifugal momentum that is transmitted to the rigid crust of the Earth. The constantly increasing centrifugal momentum produced in this way will, when it has reached a certain point, produce a movement of the Earth’s crust over the rest of the Earth’s body, and this will displace the Polar Regions toward the equator”.
    Below you will se many different Prophesies coming from different individuals and, I believe, truly trust-worthy sources, of what will happen after democracy. Since the source is ultimately assumed to be divine, the individual names have been omitted. What you will do with this information is up to you.
    “There will be diseases and germ warfare. There will be tremendous upheaval in the world as a result of humanity’s general ignorance of true reality. Humanity is breaking the Laws and Principles of the Universe and as a result of this, humanity will suffer. This suffering will not be due to the wrath of God, but rather like a reaction to the actions of mankind, or the pain one might suffer by arrogantly defying the law of gravity. Humanity is being consumed by the cancers of arrogance, materialism, racism, chauvinism, and separatist thinking. Sense will turn to nonsense, and calamity, in the end, will turn to providence. An inevitable educational cleansing of the Earth will occur because of humanity’s transgressions. People from different nations, different religions, with different weapons, will kill each other which will result in hundreds of thousands of dead people”.
    “Floods will spill across the Earth on different continents in different seasons. Thousands of lives and acres upon acres of crops will be lost as well as many animals. Volcanoes from around the world will erupt; first one then another. Earthquakes will destroy sections of almost every continent. One massive earthquake will occur in America. Most of the others will be in Europe and Asia and thousands of people will be killed. There will come a time when these things will happen all at once. It will come at the same time of humanity’s greatest sins”.
    “No nuclear holocaust will occur, but 1 or 2 bombs may go off”.
    “An increasing incidence of earthquakes, volcanic activity and generally massive geophysical changes, Disturbances in weather patterns and food supplies. The collapse of the world’s economic system. The possibility of nuclear war by accident. Dramatic climate changes, droughts, food shortages. There are going to be a lot of upheavals such as earthquakes and volcanoes occurring in the next few years, which are going to get increasingly worse. I was given to understand that these activities are a reflection of all the social upheaval and selfishness, and the physical violence that is going on all over the world at the moment”.
    “A new order of conditions is to arise; there must be a purging in high places as well as low; and that there must be the greater consideration of the individual, so that each soul being his brother’s keeper. Then certain circumstances will arise in the political, the economic, and whole relationships to which a leveling will occur or a greater comprehension of the need for it”.
    “Missiles will be fired simultaneously into space from several nations. Eruptions on the sun will interfere with the Earth – more than it ever has. A large mass from space will pass by the Earth and cause it to wobble wildly like a spinning top. The oceans will rise, first along the Pacific Ring of Fire then others. A space station will fall from the heavens because of an internal explosion”.
    “Landmasses will start to sink under the pressure of the ocean on it. These Earth changes will eventually result in a newer, cleaner, more beautiful planet”.
    “The Earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will appear off the east coast of America. When there is the first breaking up of some conditions in the South Sea and those as apparent in the sinking or rising of that that’s almost opposite same, or in the Mediterranean, and the Etna area, then we many know it has begun”.
    “Portions of the now east coast of New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation, though, here; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia — these will disappear. This will be much sooner. The waters of the lakes will empty into the Gulf, rather than the waterway over which such discussions have been recently made. It would be well if the waterway were prepared, but not for that purpose for which it is at present being considered. Then the area where the entity is now located (Virginia Beach) will be among the safety lands, as will be portions of what is now Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and much of the southern portion of Canada and the eastern portion of Canada; while the western land — much of that is to be disturbed as, of course much in other lands”.
    “A new order of conditions is to arise; there must be a purging in high places as well as low; and that there must be the greater consideration of the individual, so that each soul being his brother’s keeper. Then certain circumstances will arise in the political, the economic, and whole relationships to which a leveling will occur or a greater comprehension of the need for it”.

    “The war between the darkness and the light on the Earth has grown so intense that humans who are not continually seeking the light and goodness will be consumed by the darkness and evil, and be lost”.
    “There will come a time of great confusion and the people will need your stabilizing influence. . There will be poverty, many wars, and storms upon storms to rage the Earth. Devastation from earthquakes and hurricanes will happen. A war will start in the East”. When your work on Earth is done, then you can come back here and stay”
    “There will be upheavals in the Arctic and Antarctic that will cause the eruption of volcanoes in the torrid areas, and the pole shift. There will be the shifting then of the poles, so that where there have been those of a frigid or the semi-tropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow. A shift of the Earth’s axis will result in massive earthquakes and tidal waves”.
    “There are going to be polar changes … it’s not going to kill all the races off, but we’re going to have to start again from square one … There’s going to be a larger land mass. Practically no coastal areas will be safe during the shifting of the Earth’s poles because of the tidal waves. Many people will not survive this shift, but others will, because after a period of churning seas and frightful wind velocities, the turbulence will cease, and those in the north will live in tropical clime, and vice versa”.
    “There will be almost no technology in the future. Children will be the most precious commodity in the world. Raising children is will be the highest priority. A euphoric future with no anxiety, no hatred, no competition only cooperation, and an enormous trust and mutual respect. Love and prayer will become a stronger force on Earth. People will garden more in the future with almost no effort. Gardens will grow by the power of prayer. Groups of people praying together will be able to control the climate. Animals will live in harmony with people”. Wisdom will be more important than knowledge. All knowledge can be accessed through prayer.
    “People will be able to communicate telepathically with everyone else in the world. There will be greater insight into life after death. It will be like the Garden of Eden. God will usher the paradise on Earth within the next 200 years. For paradise to come, God will have to restrict some of humanity’s free will. Your thoughts will be revealed by other people’s psychic-ness. You will not be free to lie and deceive any more”.
    “This world will resemble some near-death descriptions of heaven. Travel will be instantaneous. The need for clothing and shelter will be minimized”.
    “An important message from the Beings of Light concerning the future of humanity: They want every person to consider every other person greater than their own flesh. They want everyone to love everyone else, completely; more, even, than they love themselves. If someone, someplace else in the world hurts, then we should hurt – we should feel their pain. And we should help them. Our planet has evolved to the point, for the first time in our history, that we have the power to do that. We are consciously and globally linked. And we could become one people”.
    Science will soon quantify spirit (what life is) and discover what holds the universe together. (Love is the glue) They will have to call it God. Religions are about to die or become more enlightened because more light is coming into the world. There will be many religious people fighting against other religious people because they believe that they are the only ones that are right”.
    “The world will become a safer place. The clearing of the rain forest will slow down, and in fifty years there will be more trees on the planet than in a long time. The Earth is in the process of domesticating itself and it will never again be as wild of a place as it once was”.
    “There will be great wild reserves where nature thrives. Gardening will be the thing in the future. The population increase will reach an optimal range of energy to cause a shift in consciousness. That shift in consciousness will change politics, values, and energy”.
    “Humans will soon be able to live as long as we want to live in our bodies. After living 150 years or so, there will be an intuitive sense that it is time to change channels. Humanity will eventually see the wisdom of life and death”.
    “The world will grow more peaceful – both humanity and nature. Humans will not be as critical of themselves or others. Humans will not be as destructive to nature. Humans will begin to understand what love is. China will become the cradle of Christianity”.
    “After the darkest hour had passed away, during which time all the former things of this world had disintegrated and decayed, I saw a new consciousness emerging and humanity evolving in a new form. Thereafter I beheld a Golden Age in which people would live in love and harmony with each other and all of nature. At the end of this general period of transition, humanity was to be born anew, with a new sense of his place in the universe. The birth process, however, as in all the kingdoms, was exquisitely painful. Mankind would emerge humbled yet educated, peaceful, and, at last, unified”.
    “The disastrous Earth changes will be followed by a new era in human history, marked by human brotherhood, universal love and world peace”.
    “I saw the Earth stretching and groaning while giving birth to a new consciousness. I saw that every so often in the history of the world this happens and is inevitable in order for the Earth to bring forth a new state of evolution. Humanity will mature enough to assume a higher place in the universal scheme of things. But before this, humans must learn acceptance and tolerance and love for each other”.
    “There will come a new time of tolerance will come where the hearts and souls of humanity will be joined as all religions and doctrines will fall away or become enlightened. People will not be able to endure seeing others homeless and hungry. Only by helping each other could we truly help ourselves. Within the next two hundred years a new era of peace, love and harmony will rule the world”.
    “After the coming Earth changes, the harmonic balance of nature on Earth will finally be restored. There will come a time of peace and a time of joy where humanity will be safe. Eventually, humanity will become more peaceful. A new type of human being is emerging with a younger and peaceful nature. The world is on the verge of a spiritual awakening. People will be happier and more content although living like the native populations of old. There will be no more wars and true peace and happiness will finally come to humanity”.
    “A profound spiritual awakening will eventually occur to everyone on Earth. People will be able to perform supernatural events and miraculous healings”.
    “The coming horrible events will not last and there will come another time of peace and another time of joy and humanity will be safe. Humanity will be born anew with a new sense of their place in the universe. This birth process will be painful, but humanity will emerge humbled yet educated, peaceful, and, at last, unified. A great Awakening has begun. People around the world are opening their eyes to their own spiritual natures. They are beginning to see who they truly are and what they have always been — beings with an eternal past and a glorious future”.
    “The total congregation of the “sons of righteousness” that is, those who maintain humility, kindness and compassion and turn away from the popular trend will progress”.
    “Considerable destruction in areas of the west coast of the United States will occur. An earthquake measuring 8.9 or higher in California is building and is close. A massive exodus from Los Angeles will occur. The continent America will split in half, down its very center, and a wall of water will come rushing across from the great lakes”.
    “A worldwide warning, perhaps a terrible catastrophe, will be experienced by everyone on Earth. Its purpose will be to call humanity to amend its behavior and return to God. A great miracle will occur within one year after the warning. It will be a visible sign to all humanity of God’s presence, love and mercy. Permanent signs will remain on Earth for all time at various locations of the Mary apparitions”.
    “A terrible chastisement, a time of purification and cleansing, will happen to Earth during which two-thirds of humanity will die. The chastisement depends upon the response of humanity to the warning and the miracle”.
    “After the second great war between the nations will come a third universal war, which will determine everything. There will be entirely new weapons. In one day, more men will die than in all previous wars combined. Battles will be fought with artificial guns. Gigantic catastrophes will occur. Everything will become different than before, and in many places the Earth will be a great cemetery. The third “great” war will be the end of many nations”.
    “Heaven on Earth is coming soon, so the old evil order must be ended. “Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight”.
    “Through Russia comes the hope of the world. Not in respect to what is sometimes termed Communism or Bolshevism — no! But freedom — freedom! That each man will live for his fellow man. The principle has been born there. It will take a few years for it to be crystallized; yet out of Russia comes again the hope of the world…for changes are coming, this may be sure — an evolution or revolution in the ideas of religious thought. The basis of it for the world will eventually come out of Russia. Not communism, no! But rather that which is the basis of the same as the Christ taught — his kind of commun-ism”.
    “If there are greater activities in [the volcanoes] Vesuvius or Pelee, then the southern coast of California and the areas between Salt Lake and the southern portions of Nevada, we may expect, within the three months following same, inundation by the earthquakes. But these are to be more in the Southern than the Northern Hemisphere”.
    “As to conditions in the geography of the world, of the country — changes here are gradually coming about … For, many portions of the east coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the west coast, as well as the central portion of the U.S. Next, land will appear in the Atlantic as well as in the Pacific. And what is the coast line now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many battle fields of the present will be ocean, will be the seas, the bays, the lands over which The New Spiritual Order will carry on their trade as one with another”.
    “The quickest way to change the world is to be of service to others. Show that your love can make a difference in the lives of people and thereby someone else’s love can make a difference in your life. By each of us doing that and working together we change the world one inner person at a time. It is left to humanity which direction they shall choose”.
    I truly hope that you get the drift of what the future will bring. The timing is clearly unknown but the indicators are before 5 years from now (Jan 2010) but it could start next week as well. This is why Democracy will die and get discarded; it is now totally unimportant to speculate on what flawed system will replace it, doesn’t it? There are of course a lot more Prophecies about the future of the earth, however, it up to you to search for it.
    I bet you adieu.
    Cogito ergo sum, (I am conscious, therefore I am)
    I am humbly Rene’ Descartes, and has been many others through the ages

  3. admin
    January 15th, 2010 at 14:19 | #3

    Dear Rene´

    So beautiful, prophesies carry their own quality of beauty, perpaps because of their content of truth. The judgement day is approacing, i absolutely agree. And the principles of karma og fate is at work. You can understand the future judged on the history, because sometimes the cause and the effect runs in the same consequential line. This is why the platonic wisdom is usable in these days.

    Then the prophies are quite simple to make, the causes are simply all in line an the effects most possibly a kind of judgement of mankind.

    I however, respectfully disagree with the kind of laissez faire ideas of what will happen after the apocalyptic war that will, in all possiblity, engulf the world.

    We have to be realistic, and plan the system that will eventually appear after armageddon. My best idea is to make a system that contains an individual balance between freedom and moral. That has worked in the north in what we used to call a Freestate. The Freestate was a democracy but in the middle of the ting (convention) there was a lawstone. This stone was holy, and making an oath touching the lawstone was a holy oath.

    This system is one of the most stable of all systems. It would require important institutions as a guardian brotherhood protecting the stone, and off cause all the other institutions in a modern state.

    This at least is my idea considering the future.

    Going through the transformation process will however be extremely hard.

  4. Rene’ Descartes
    January 20th, 2010 at 06:58 | #4

    Hallo Asger.
    Yes, the world has some humongus problems, but there is a way for those who seek to improve the lives of others and themselves, and I don’t think it is with politics and manmade laws,let me explain.
    What we would call true Love, is simply Unselfish Love. Unselfish Love radiates to all without exception, so powerfully that it transcends your separate self and IS The Creator’s Love flowing through you, to others. You become the vessel that is ‘channelling’ the universal spirit (while also being the Universal Spirit). It gives to all who would receive. It is like a Sun that gives warmth, light, and life to all, in all directions simultaneously.
    If your love is not one that gives to all and loves all, then it is a selfishly based love. If you experience jealousy or possessiveness, then it is selfishly based love, not true Love, not pure Love, not unselfish Love. That virtually no one truly loves, or experiences receiving true Love, is unfortunately true.
    By Being Giving, Unselfishly Loving, warms the heart and is beneficial to the giver, and the one who is being given to. Unselfish Love is its own reward. The Universal Spirit is Love. We are like faucets and the Universal Spirit is like water.
    When you open up, by using your free will, and let the water flow to everybody, you are constantly being filled with the water as it passes through. But if you close the faucet off because you mainly desire to keep the water for yourself, it doesn’t flow through you, and you are left empty. Which sadly, is what many people do? And the people who are thus empty because they don’t outflow their Love, then start looking in a different direction for something to ‘fill them up’. If a relationship diversion won’t do it for them, if they are not loving and getting love from their relationships, which always eventually happen, they will do other things. Even if they stay together with someone, they must look for diversions to fill the emptiness of the lag of love and God in their hearts and lives. Desperately they start thinking ‘intellectually’, constantly keeping the brain busy so they won’t be aware of their emptiness. They pursue selfish pleasures and amusements of all kinds.

    They go from diversion to diversion – food, games, clothing, movies, TV, sports parties, social clubs, hobbies, lovers, shopping, cars, candy, you name it. But there is never any peace, and never any real or lasting satisfaction – only a temporary fix. And like the drug addict who needs a fix, the more it gets, the more it needs/wants. But the pleasure never lasts, and the feeling is never the same as the joy you get from giving, and ultimately, the connection to the Universal Spirit is made through giving. They are left with that hollowness again, and the need to find some other distraction.
    Most are looking for love, looking to replace love, and doing everything but what they really need to do to find it – give it.
    Pay close attention to the following. The word ‘love’ has come to mean two very different things. In fact, the meanings are essentially opposite. But most people don’t ever think of it, and continue to use the exact same word (love) for both things. The first kind of love could be called pure love. Pure love is an outflowing, giving, caring kind of love – it could also be called unselfish love. Pure love is the kind of love that is related to things like “love thy neighbour”; Santa Claus; caring love for your family and friends; charity; helping disaster victims; etc. It is the kind of love that the selfish side of you gets nothing out of, but that the good side of you gets a warm feeling from.
    The other kind of love that is commonly referred to is actually nothing like pure love. It is really just a feeling of pleasure that comes with getting something you want or like (physically or emotionally). It doesn’t matter if it comes from someone somehow giving you something you like, or from self-indulgence. It is all self-gratifying. So let’s call that kind of love selfish love. Here are just a few examples: “I love ice cream”; “I love football”; “I love presents”; “I love chocolate”; “I love the islands”; “I love BMWs”; “I love beer”; etc. Such selfish love also crosses over into our relationships. “I love Sam” (or “I love Lisa”) for instance, can actually mean you just love the attention, energy and pleasure they give you.
    Relationships can involve a mixture of selfish love and pure love, but many start with (and are actually based on) primarily or totally selfish love. And many relationships break up because of that.
    When a relationship is based on the self-gratifying pleasure you get from your partner, it results in a sort of addiction to some extent or other. You can then end up with addictive behaviour – jealousy, possessiveness, rejection and all the other selfishly spawned causes of pain and turmoil that come with such addiction. Pure love, being the opposite of selfish, creates no addiction. It craves nothing for itself. It thus heals rather than hurts. It cares rather than blocks out and ignores. It can improve your life, the lives of those around you and, ultimately, the whole world.
    Totally pure love is not contaminated at all with selfishness, or selfish love. This is important, because like any contaminant, selfishness can taint and ruin everything. Love and compassion are the highest vibrations we can manifest in our physical, conscious life. When we do so, we are in harmony with the universe and the will of God, and are his co-creators. It is best explained in the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, if you were in their situation. Just do it, and see what happens.
    Some people mistakenly say that in order to love others you must first love yourself. Well, I’ve observed many selfish jerks doing just that. They do nothing to help anyone but themselves, and they’re still miserable, but if you love others first, you become a good person. If you help others, how can you not feel good about yourself? It’s impossible not to love yourself when you love others first. This is the real scoop; first love the God consciousness with your entire mind, all your heart and all your soul. Love your neighbour and be your brother’s keeper. He said, “As ye do it unto the least of these my children, my creation, ye do it unto me.” This is the law of the universe and nature. “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so onto them.”
    It is simple in words, yet so deep in meaning, so far reaching in its application in every phase of human experience. The golden rule is to love unselfishly, to focus on and give pure love. Pure love encompasses all the spiritual virtues involved with simply being a good person. For example, caring, kindness, compassion, tolerance, sharing, giving, harmlessness, respecting the free will of others (if harmless) etc. are all results of loving unselfishly. Pure love isn’t unconditional love – you can be unselfishly loving and still put your foot down. In other words, one who applies the golden rule in life is reasonably kind, reasonably giving, but not unconditionally kind, unconditionally giving etc.
    This teaching gives examples of the benefits of living by the golden rule, and how to apply it more in your life, in many different circumstances. For instance, the techniques and methods included here can help you have more caring interactions with everyone everyday, from cashiers or bus boys to your spouse. But you can take it even further if you want to. In our opinion, working on applying the golden rule with others of a like mind can provide you the greatest opportunity for personal, spiritual development.
    We strongly believe that if even a few people committed their lives to developing the virtues of being a good person, and then secretly recruited friends and family, with time it would spread from one person to the next, and eventually create a new and better society. This is a striking allegorical fantasy to clearly illustrate a fundamental difference between a world of people who are looking out for themselves first, and a world of people who make caring for others their first priority. That’s what the golden rule is all about. In a nutshell, this exemplifies living by the golden rule, or not living by it. But it’s more than that. It truly represents the real difference that living by the golden rule could make in our world.
    It shows us how unselfishly loving others is not only pure love, but pure, real spirituality. And even if you cannot change the world so profoundly, it still represents what kind of a spiritual world we can eventually live in if we live by this rule, thereby making ourselves deserving citizens of the universe. One of the beauties of the golden rule is its total universality. It goes beyond being just non-denominational and omni-denominational. As you will note, the issue of religious persuasion or faith is irrelevant. Assuming that people were of various persuasions, it was their pure love or selfishness that ultimately made the difference in their circumstances. The division between the happy place and the miserable place wasn’t between Christians or Buddhists, Jews or agnostics. The thing that separated those people (as it does in reality too) was whether or not they’d learned that living by having pure love was more important than the variations in their belief systems. And that’s what this is all about.
    The concept of the golden rule applies to all good, caring, giving people, regardless of religion, faith or lack of it. It is a universal law and principle that anyone anywhere can use to improve their life, the lives of those around them and, ultimately, the whole world. Isn’t that incredible, exciting, amazing and wonderful. The golden rule has a variety of typical definitions, which essentially all have the same meaning. Sometimes it’s interpreted as “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, or “love thy neighbour as thyself”. We would add “do no harm to others” and “think of others first” to that list. They are all good definitions in our opinion, and you can see how they are reflected in the above. But those definitions and sayings are really by-products of pure love or unselfishly loving others. Pure love covers them all, and is the mother of them all. So to clarify the definition used, when we say living by the golden rule, we basically mean living by unselfishly loving others.
    While such golden rule principles are included in the beliefs of many spiritual traditions, in the Christian oriented parts of the world the golden rule is commonly attributed to a quote from Jesus. Here is how it reads in the Bible (from the Gospel of John, King James Version, chapter 13): “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another (unselfishly); as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” That quote seems to make it crystal clear that pure love, unselfishly loving others (as Jesus did) is the ultimate commandment Christians are supposed to live by. But the concept itself (pure love or living by unselfishly loving others) is not exclusive to any religion.
    The same principle is also a belief of all basically good people, religious or not. It can include those of any faith as well as those who have no faith. You may disagree, but it appears that based on Jesus’ own words, as long as someone obeys His commandment to love one another as He did, they are also followers of His – they are also Christians. But denominational labels and semantics aside, it is our opinion that those who indeed live by that beautiful golden rule behave in a most spiritually responsible manner. The fact that they are also subsequently being real Christians, as directly defined by Jesus, is interesting though.
    In any case, following the golden rule means being a caring, spiritual person regardless of label or affiliation. In that sense, as we said earlier, the golden rule is strikingly (and wonderfully) universal. If you really think about it, there are few things that are so cross-cultural and universal. Perhaps the most universal is a smile. Raising your hand as a sign of friendly greeting might be considered an insult or hostile gesture in some cultures, but a smile means the same thing to all people everywhere, and no language is necessary to communicate its meaning. Music can often cross cultures too. But when it comes to a cross-cultural spiritual or moral concept, the golden rule has no rival. While people often disagree on religion and politics, almost everyone can agree on the goodness and rightness of living by the golden rule, regardless of culture or religious belief.
    Thus it’s an ideal in which all kind-hearted people can join together towards the common goal of manifesting pure love and its virtues (kindness, compassion, tolerance, peace, sharing, giving etc.) in tangible ways, for the mutual betterment of themselves and all creation. The great need for the golden rule is as simple as the rule itself. All over the world people are suffering. Even those who seem to be happy often actually have a painful, empty pit inside them that they attempt to ignore by constantly chasing after diversions, distractions and fun.
    Alcohol and drugs are used to try and cope with it sometimes too, even in the best of families and amongst the wealthy who have everything they want (materially). Then, of course, there are the various wars and oppressions. So, what’s the problem? Why can’t people be happy and live in peace and cooperation? If you look at the world objectively, and at people’s lives, you can trace all problems to one thing – selfishness. That’s right, just that one thing. If you thought greed or hate were the big problems, you’re right, but think further.
    Greed is just one aspect of selfishness, one branch. So are hate, lust, theft, starting wars, killing, jealousy, envy, arrogance etc., etc. All of those branches of selfishness have sub-branches too. For instance, the reasons some people lose their jobs, the destruction of a rainforest or over fishing to extinction are branches of greed. But again, greed is just a branch of that one thing. You name the problem – its real source is selfishness. Unlike the common phrase “fight fire with fire”, you usually get better results fighting fire with water. So what better way to fight selfishness with than its opposite – unselfishness.
    Enter the golden rule, the answer and the cure to all of life’s problems. Using a Christ/Antichrist analogy, selfishness is like the Anti Christ principle, and the golden rule is like the Christ principle. Once that is clearly understood, the only trick is implementing it in your life and helping others do the same. Which brings us to the next prerequisite – understanding the source of selfishness.
    Selfishness is a result of separation, an outgrowth, and outcome, of being separate. Separate from what? From everyone and everything else. Separate from others, separate from nature/the universe/God. If you totally feel and believe that you are a separate being from everyone else and everything else in the universe, it’s naturally you against the world. Me first. Look out for number one. From that separate perspective it all makes total sense. However, the truth is that we are all one creation – scientifically and spiritually speaking.
    Looking at it scientifically, without a religious or spiritual view, scientists know we are all made of the same essential stuff. They also know that the universe is one thing, one energy, forming unimaginable numbers of parts of creation. Even if you take the stance that humans have simply developed self-awareness through evolution, nevertheless it is this self-awareness that is behind humans seeing themselves as separate, and getting out of harmony with everything else in the universe and nature. With that self-consciousness, you have the separate self contemplating it is me- against-the-world (or against the universe) scenario.
    Rebelling against the one God caused a separation or cut off from the one God and again, suddenly, there was the separate self contemplating its me-against-the-world (or against the universe/God) scenario.
    So, anyway you look at it, the result is the same. The I, me, mine thinking and behaving begins and with that, greed, jealousy, fear, intolerance, hate, arrogance etc., and all the problems that creates. But we all have both a selfish side (that contributes to those problems) and a soul, spirit or good side. Other than the humans who let their selfish side control them, everything else in the universe functions as one harmonious system. Disjointed, separate thinking and behaviour interferes with that harmony, and creates disruptive ripples in the pond that can cause pain and suffering. And when those ripples we create hit the edge of the pond, they bounce back in even more complex patterns.
    Again, selfishness and its endless cycle of desire and fear causes all the problems in our personal lives, as well as the world. For those who don’t deliberately make themselves blind, because of their selfishness and fear, it’s easy to see. Once you have identified the problem, you can find a solution. In this case, since the real problem behind everything is selfishness and separation from the universe/God, the solution is unselfishness, transcending the illusion of separation, and returning to oneness and harmony with the universe/God. Anything that can help that process (as long as it’s harmless) is a good thing, as far as we are concerned.
    The golden rule and its resulting virtues are thus a big key, and the perfect way to achieve the above goal. Even if living by the golden rule doesn’t achieve that lofty goal, it’s still a win-win situation, because you become a better person and feel better for helping others. It just makes common sense. Ironically, while the golden rule is intellectually well known by almost everyone, it seems to be stuck in some intellectual filing cabinet within the dusty archives of people’s brains. It’s amazing when you think about it. The golden rule is probably the most vital, positive, constructive principle in the world (in both a spiritual and practical sense) and it’s always been just sitting there right before us, waiting for us to notice it, take it and use it. It’s likely we even heard about it from our mother or family when we were children.
    There in the recesses of our mind is this incredible, powerful, yet simple, universal, commonsensical means of developing true spirituality, improving our lives and the lives of others. It’s so simple, so basic yet profound (in a real sense) but it’s often not even thought of by most of us as we search for spiritual knowledge, truths and beliefs. And even if it is thought of, it’s often not thought of as being as significant as it really is. Or it’s just misunderstood, ignored, or given up on. But all that is changing. The golden rule seems to have been lying dormant within the hearts and minds of many good people like some kind of spiritual time capsule waiting to be opened. Well, the useful truth of the golden rule has been around a very long time, yet it seems that only now is it really beginning to be generally received and practised by many people. Its time has finally come.
    The response we have been getting to the idea of people implementing the golden rule in their lives is remarkable. People everywhere are experiencing an awakening of the rule within them. And as they start living by this rule, and discussing its simple beauty with acquaintances, friends, family and neighbours, some of them respond to it too. In this time of so much change and turmoil in the world, the common sense embodied by the golden rule is creating a common spirituality, and is spreading at a grass roots level. Many can see that it is a movement that will eventually spread among like-minded individuals throughout the world. The time you spend developing your own unselfish love, and on spreading it to others, is invaluable. It is simple in words, yet so deep in meaning, so far reaching in its application in every phase of the human experience.

    The greatest service we can do for the universal spirit is to serve others. The greatest services to others is awakening them to the universal consciousness that lies within them, and helping them free themselves from their selfishness and their separate self.
    Jesus presented love on levels, identifying the highest love in this often quoted passage: “No greater love has a person, than to give up his or her life for another” — not literal death, but giving up self’s desires for another’s. It is thinking more of what another may need than what self may want. Jesus had a secret prayer that he repeated to himself, “Others, Lord, others.” This kept the Father’s power that flowed through Jesus on the right track — not glorifying himself but revealing the Light and Love that flowed through him — God’s love, our Father’s and Mother’s love. Selfless loving is the ideal — giving, caring without expectation of getting something in return. Yet, this must not be self-destructive. No one could accuse Jesus of being a doormat of self-deprecating love. He often radiated a tough love. Those around Him often needed truth, justice, and a clear position on God’s ways, not pampering. Jesus cared so much for others that he would not let them remain in their darkness or misunderstandings. Yet he never condemned them. Rather, He called their mistakes to their attention. He also showed a remarkable sense of their inability to handle the full truth, choosing to be patient: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now,” John 16:12.
    “First, study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman not ashamed, rightly divining – or dividing – the words of truth; that is, giving proper evaluations to the material, the mental, and the spiritual relation-ships, the economic, the social, the orders of things in their proper form. Be not hasty in decisions but know that the answers may come from within”. In our personal search for spiritual understanding, nothing will empower and illuminate us more than love. But its way is subtle, gentle, choosing to work in the background, quietly. Its workshop is our own hearts and minds; its testing grounds, everyday life and everyday relationships. Prayer and meditation can enhance our ability to understand and practice love in daily life. Supplicant prayer followed by a rising sense of entering into God’s presence, and abiding there in loving at-one-ment, will yield our better self. This loving presence will be in little things throughout the day — little things that usually only God and our individual soul know. These loving experiences often leave us humbled but happy and content. Marriage, parenting, friend-ship, work, and self-esteem all improve when love is carried in one’s heart and mind. God truly is love. And abiding in God’s love is transcending, lifting us beyond our normal perspective. “Seek ye first His kingdom (Love), and all else will be added to you.” The Master gave this insight and encouragement about keeping our light shining: “Thy light hath gone out before the darkness in the lives of many. Keep that light burning in thy own heart. Grow not weary in well doing. Let thy heart open to those things that bespeak the closeness of His walks, His talks with thee. Thy light of love and faith and hope and thought will not lose its reward in Him. For whom He love, He comfort, every one of them.” A light heart, both in weight and luminescence, is an important part of our personal spirituality. How do we achieve such? The answer is by being often in prayer, meditation, and doing good for others. In his parable of the seeds of the word of God sown along the roadside of life, Jesus says that the seeds that fall “in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience.” A good heart in patience is the important point here. Letting go of what weighs our hearts down is achieved with patience. We cannot jump straight out of our present condition into our hoped-for goal. We proceed from where we are to that goal, step by step, little by little, day by day, one situation at a time. Whether we have a week to live or many years, today is the time to begin to lighten and enlighten our hearts and the hearts of those around us. The Master commented that “some grow old gracefully, some tolerantly, some fussily, and some very meanly.” The key factor may well be patience. Let’s lighten our hearts and the hearts of those we contact Cogito ergo sum. (I am consciously aware, therefore I am).
    I am
    Rene’ Descartes.

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