Having considered the more personal aspects of self-stabilization: your work requirements and private requirements, we can turn to communal and moral demands that depend on paying attention to others.
The same issue confronting us is the tremendous diversity of others in our social milieu. Again, without compromising individuality or integrity, there is a way to stabilize our position through adhering to Precepts emerging from combinations of even Level Injunctions only.
Public interactions are of the greatest importance in social life. To smooth these interactions,must be bypassed. That releases work energies with an intense self-focus and disruptive potential. This can interfere with, and even crowd out, . It may even lead you unwittingly or unwillingly to cause others harm or emotional distress. The resulting social disruption will certainly be harmful for you, if not for them.That is socially (as well as spiritually) dangerous.
These Centres evidently interact because you will spontaneously in determining who, when and how you . Conversely, your personal approach to and the particular requirements given your situation will shape some of your . Because your particular principles will be stable, your relationships with others will be handled in a stable and predictable way. Others can depend upon it, and this will be a factor in any direct or indirect dealings with you.
So the Precept Be Trustworthy.is named:
These Centres evidently interact because specifically exist to ensure group members both ceremonially and practically. We count on good manners to oil inter-personal interactions, including commercial ones. Because rightness and goodness are deeply embedded in social mores, the disrespect inherent in a minor indiscretion may be intensely hurtful. The influence operates in the reverse because enjoins an , and show respect in social situations by generally adhering to them (whatever your personal view).
So the Precept Be Respectful.is named:
In your communal life you can (and should) often actively bypasswhen it is irrelevant to . In such cases, it will be blatantly obvious that someone or some group is suffering and needs attention.
Yourfosters goodness in and this expresses our basic humanity. Conversely, the significance of in social life inevitably shapes so as to foster humanitarian concerns.
So the Precept Be Humane.is named:
This combination would suggest that you can bypass bothand . A moment's thought would indicate that this must be highly unsatisfactory. It would mean sanctioning the behaviour of fanatical extremists and grandiose demagogues who are convinced that everything they do is and , and are deaf to reason and compassion. We know that great harm is caused to individuals and social groups in this way: so this combination is not permissible.
Enabling a worthwhile existence is stabilized by focusing on the two primary demands of communal life that place on me: getting a grip and paying attention. See diagram. Strangely, these derived Precepts do not seem to pose much difficulty: see discussion in the Review.
In regard to getting a grip of myself:
In regard to paying attention to others
These Precepts are all relevant to endeavours and subject to creative handling. This means they require alertness, and a towards the of social life.
Naturally, I would expect, or at least hope, that others will behave similarly. It is in their (egotistic) interests to do so. However, whether they do or don't, thePreceptsfor agood: good for me, good for others and good for the collective.are inherently
Originally posted: 31-Jan-2013