Rules To Live By

Na´ve

  1. Seek Pleasure.
  2. Avoid Pain.
  3. Live Forever.

Unfortunately these simple rules are far too simple for this complex universe. So moving on to something a bit more realistic....

Biology

  1. Seek to preserve your genetic material.
  2. Avoiding the unpleasant is often a good strategy for #1.
  3. Finding the pleasant is often a good strategy for #1.

These are the rules most organisms operate by. It helps if the long term view as well as the short term view is taken into account when applying #2 and #3. But still the universe if far more complex than this simple egocentric view...

Spiritual

  1. The universe is vastly interconnected; there really aren't any separate objects - keep this in mind.
  2. Do what you can to alleviate the unpleasant any where in the universe you encounter the unpleasant;
    do what you can to prevent the unpleasant from manifesting.
  3. Celebrate the pleasant any where in the universe you encounter the pleasant;
    do what you can to make the pleasant manifest.
  4. Don't be attached to results.

Like in the biological view, it helps if the long term view as well as the short term view is taken into account when applying #2 and #3. Preserving your genetic material is optional; but if you are advanced enough to be operating by these rules, it might be a useful thing to do.


 

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