Revenge is closely related to hate. Here again a wholesale campaign by all human entities can do wonders to end this negative value.
We each have a role to play. We must look in an honest way at ourselves. Is there anyone in our lives whom we harbor the drive to exact revenge? Looking inward is a way of overcoming this and other negative values. It all starts with being honest with oneself and seeking to improve ethically, morally and legally. We should then encourage others to do the same.
The future is all we have ahead of us. We must take care to seek Heaven on Earth. If we don’t, there are the potential catastrophes of crushing debt, global warming with climate change and radical Islamic disaster. I am an optimist and I believe all of the above can be avoided, but not without great effort and a serious turn from past behaviors. A Heaven on Earth beckons. But we must do our part—one by one, million by million, and billion by billion.
I think envy is a close relative of greed because most likely many who are greedy are that way because they are envious of others who have more fame, fortune or whatever they seek.
President Obama used this negative value quite adroitly in his re-election campaign. That is a very bad sign for America.
But I am the eternal optimist; I believe if globally we teach everyone to view those with more means with respect, curiosity and admiration—rather than envy—amazingly good things would come about for all. We might learn from others who possess that which we seek and use that knowledge for self-improvement.
This negative value is very much a matter of degree. Seeking financial rewards for one’s family and oneself can be a very worthy pursuit. But at some point—especially if a person uses unethical, immoral or illegal means—this worthy pursuit becomes greed.
How do we help everyone to judge where that balance is in their own personal affairs? Also, how do we combat the ones who practice this value?
Here again we must unite to praise those who are ethical, honest, moral and legal in their financial affairs. We must unite in every human entity and encourage outstanding charities and other altruistic. We should not be overly concerned about timing. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett made their huge fortunes first, and then turned to philanthropy.
Others—myself included—want to contribute as I go along. I still want to build a sizable estate so that my descendants can pursue altruistic ventures in their own time. Also, I want to have the means to contribute to charities and such that I believe will bear fruit toward a Heaven on Earth.
Hate is the embodiment of a huge amount of anger. Love conquers hate. “Violence begets violence,” according to Gandhi. Hate can and many times does lead to violence. I say, “Kindness begets kindness.” I’m sure Gandhi would agree with me. Hate must be treated with compassion, understanding and a long-term effort by all, especially those closest to the person who harbors this hate.
Hate—just like all the other negative values—must be singled out by all human entities, including film, media, schools, spiritual bodies, radio, television, and on and on. Instead of our media covering all the details of crimes, isolate the value failures—such as hate—and solve the real issue, and not just the crime. We must conquer hate!
This is my first in my series on the five negative values. Selfishness may appear very early in children; particularly if sibling rivalry is involved. Of course, it can and is present in all ages. But it is a negative value that must be diminished and finally eliminated for us to reach a Heaven on Earth. We must, globally, recognize this quality as a value to combat, one by one. All human entities should be engaged in this worthy quest.
Now I don’t consider it selfish to strive for success and financial rewards as long as there is a balance with the positive values such as compassion. It takes another positive value—honesty—to root out our own selfishness and turn the tide to values like justice. Selfishness is not a value that will be eradicated globally in a very quick or easy fashion. But as President Reagan said, there are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.