The Responsiblity of Right Action

On taking responsibility for what we do, what actions and behaviors we engage in.  A simple quote that sums up what many of us already know, but is worth mentioning to make it clear.  It is from a children’s movie.  Children’s movies are wonderful as they often have great life-lessons to teach.

“Life isn’t about where you are going or how fast, it’s about how you get there.  It doesn’t really matter what you had in your mind, or your heart, or how much you wanted it, or how good your intentions were, all that really matters is what you do, because what we do is who we are.”

– Space Warriors (2013)

Another way to conceptualize this is:  The end never justifies the means.  The means are the end.

Gandhi said similar:

It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there will be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

An example:

Albert Einstein may have had “good” intentions by some peoples accounts when it is claimed he saw fission as a viable energy source, but then his actions led to creating the most horrible weapon ever.  Albert “thought” explosive destruction of matter was a “good” thing?  How naive and misguided was he at the time in this ignorant intention.  Fission of nuclear energy is anti-life, and he failed to recognize it, only being driven to provide energy in a false “doing-good” self-perception and ultimately self-deception.

Intention VS Right Action.  Right Action > Intention.  No matter how we think of ourselves, what we do or don’t do is how we represent ourselves

Evolve consciousness, compassion, care, empathy, love.  Do no harm.  Do no violence.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Responsiblity of Right Action