The title of this article, “Going On Hoping”, is an observable trait amongst many people, that if we do nothing, sometime, somehow, miraculously, the problem will go away. Well in some rare instances it does, but for most it doesn’t, so clearly some action or strategy is required in order to resolve the situation or problem.
When it comes to our situation on this planet at this time, with political crisis, environmental crisis, economical crisis and many other crises, “going on hoping” is surely not going to resolve anything.
Action is required and some have suggested, if we don’t take the correct and effective action soon, then it may be too late. That’s a rather daunting thought isn’t it, that if we fail to take action, then we and other species on this planet may not survive.
Is this some veiled threat, some scaremongering, I think not. One only has to look around at the poverty, crime, greed, environmental destruction, collapsing economies and family conflict to know we are in a perilous situation. We can no longer hide our head in the sand
Being the eternal optimist, I believe that the crisis we are witnessing, is a driver for change, as with every other major critical point previously experienced in the history of humanity.
If change evolves from crisis, then we better start giving some serious and immediate thought to what changes would be appropriate in order to move forward.
Along with some remarkable work being done in the field of renewable sources of energy, alternative and preventative medicine, poverty reduction, balanced education, science, biology and many fields of human endeavour, what we must cease immediately, is causing harm across the broad spectrum of life on earth.
Cause No Harm to Ourselves:
As we know, all change starts with ourselves, as we cannot wait for others to lead the way and certainly not with them remedying our own sources of self-destructive behaviour. We do this by honestly evaluating and identifying how we cause harm to ourselves; mentally, emotionally and physically and then putting an end to this behaviour.
We need to be clear which emotions are harmful and which are helpful; then cultivate those that are conducive to peace of mind. Often, due to a lack of knowledge, we accept anger and hatred as natural parts of our minds. This is an example of ignorance being the source of our problems. To reduce our destructive emotions we strengthen the positive ones; such emotional hygiene can contribute to a healthier society. Dalai Lama
Cause No Harm to Others:
Then in a better state of mind, experiencing the higher band of emotions and having stopped causing harm to ourselves physically, we can now address through direct self-enquiry, how we may be causing harm to others, mentally, emotionally and physically.
Only when we feel separate from someone, will we contemplate causing them harm.
No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves. ~ Amelia Earhart
Our personal world is now beginning to reshape itself into a functional, more uplifted realm, bring more peace and harmony to our existence.
Cause No Harm to Assets Whether Owned By Us or Not:
The Cause No Harm principles can now be applied to machinery, equipment or assets that we own or interact with, to reduce the harm, damage or wear and tear. This results in more reliability, production and functionality, along with reduced losses and downtime. If you are running a business, these factors are vital to organisations survival. They work around home too!!
Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm. Hippocrates
As we progress along this route of causing no harm, a remarkable phenomenon occurs, we become more aware, sensitive and connected to our own authenticity, to others and the community around us. We become more conscious of our behaviours that cause harm and now make more responsible choices, to ensure this does not happen. We evolve into more caring, compassionate and heart-centred individuals and in doing so, are directly influencing our immediate family, friends, colleagues and the environment in which we live, work and play.
Cause No Harm to the Environment:
Onwards we go, now embracing our immediate environment and how our decisions, choices and actions may be resulting in harm. Recycling, reusing, repurposing, upcycling, restoring, etc., become a natural tendency and are shaped into a habit through repetitive use.
If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either. Joseph Wood Krutch
No longer focussed on our own survival and the ego’s I, Me, Mine principles, we are much more considerate of Us and We, knowing we have only one planet that provides us with everything we need. We may find ourselves spear-heading a community project of waste management, waste segregation and recycling, or a clean up, restoration project to create gardens and playgrounds and aligning our selves and our efforts with like–minded individuals or groups. There is much we can do within our own homes and communities.
Cause No Harm to the Planet:
Looking at the bigger picture now, it is a natural step forward to consider the impact of our actions upon the Earth and other living species, knowing we are all inextricably linked and whatever harm we cause to it (or them), we ultimately cause to ourselves.
It has been well established through the works of James Lovelock and others, that the Earth is a living entity, just as we are and she is deserving of our utmost honour and respect.
Our meaning is to make our little planet Earth a better place to live, to stop wars, disarm nuclear missiles, to stop diseases, AIDS, plague, cancer and to stop pollution. Uri Geller
So in this phase of the Cause No Harm to the Planet and with our own awareness rising, we will become acutely conscious of the need to preserve the integrity of all living species that inhabit the Earth and her formation, above and below ground. At this time, the Earth is desperately trying to bring about balance where it is obviously out, through rampant mining, fossil fuel extraction, deforestation, pollution of water, soil and air, urbanisation etc., etc. The consideration of it being unacceptable to cause harm to our home planet gives rise to decisions and actions that only enhance and retain life on earth.
Cause No Harm to Future Generations:
The final chapter is Cause No Harm to Future Generations who will inherit the current mess we are creating, unless we do something about it quickly. How can we possibly look our children and grandchildren in the eye, whilst perpetuating the myth that it is okay to leave them this legacy? We cannot and because we cannot, we become stirred to action that their welfare is just as important as ours; their standard of living should be equal if not better and their lifespan longer and healthier.
The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it’s all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it. Mike Huckabee
We have now transcended the old paradigm of fear, separateness, superiority and all its subsets, such as greed, inequality and judgement, to a place within us and society that deeply respects each other, takes care of assets, maintains a clean healthy environment on a thriving Earth and leaving a proud legacy for our children.
We have entered the new paradigm for humanity, steeped in peace, harmony and cooperation, through our decisions and actions.
Are you ready to make your personal changes?