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Wayne Dyer – Acceptance

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.

Theodore Roosevelt – Kindness

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

Swami Vivekananda – Reflections

Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.

Aesop – Potential

The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.

Lao Tzu – Kindness

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Empathy

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Purpose

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.

Here are some great resources to follow up from my early entry in regards to the revolution of compassion.

This article highlights the genetic factors of human beings and how altruism is actually a part of our DNA.

“Do you fork over your hard-earned money to homeless people on the sidewalk, despite the objections of friends and family members? What about when you hear a sob story on TV from a charity halfway across the world?

If you answered yes to these questions, the reason may lie in your genes. According to a recent study, a slight variation in a particular gene is associated with altruistic behavior. ”

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/is_there_an_altruism_gene

The link below provides a basic summary of six different studies that are being conducted to show the neurological links behind compassion.

CCARE’s executive committee has initiated six major research projects on compassion and altruism. These include:

  • two “basis science research” experiments aimed at understanding the neural underpinnings of, and the brain mechanisms that are associated with, the experience of compassion and other associated mental states
  • two projects that relate more to understanding the efficacy of deliberate compassion training and its effects in specific areas—including empathy, prosocial behavior, overcoming prejudices, and generating a deeper sense of connection with others
  • a project that examines how people’s perceptions of compassion and heroism converge
  • an experiment that uses a revolutionary technology to probe the neural circuitry believed to be associated with compassion

http://compassion.stanford.edu/programs/researchProjects.html

This is the trailer to a revolutionary movie that really sparks the philosophical debate for the necessity of compassion and kindness among all creatures of our planet including people.

A onetime actor/comedian and the youngest writer to work for comedy legend Bob Hope, Tom Shadyac’s writing/directing career was launched in 1994 with the Jim Carrey smash hit Ace Ventura

In his latest project, a documentary entitled I AM, Shadyac asks some of today’s most profound thinkers, two questions – What’s wrong with our world, and what can we do about it?

http://www.iamthedoc.com/toms-profile/

Revolution – Returning to our Roots

REVOLUTION!!!

Not the kind of our predecessors, but a new kind.

The revolution that we need must be of a new mechanism. One that has not yet been successfully accomplished, one that requires global cooperation and patience to know that most worth while endeavors take time.

The people of our planet are sick, tired, hungry, and all together down trodden. Why?

A complete answer for that is so complex that I couldn’t begin to scratch the surface in 20,000 words. But in a simple summary I could say that we have been tricked. We have long been struggling in a war without even being aware of it anymore. Daily we compete for resources like we live in a world of scarcity but when we look around there is so much abundance that food falls from trees and water falls from the sky.

While the ultimate solution is not one of simplicity the state of mind and first step towards resolution are embedded into our very nature. As a species we have only survived this long, due to our innate ability and desire to cooperate. Our brains are hardwired to learn through observation and communication, our emotions consistently fluctuate with the feelings of those around us, and the majority of people can say that their life is better spent in the company of others.

So how have we been tricked you say?

Well it’s painfully obvious when looking at “western civilization”. There is this hidden philosophy that seems to permeate all of our culture one that says,”Survival of the fittest.” Which in a way is correct but I guess more appropriately our interpretation of it is a little skewed. This quickly becomes might makes right or money is power which is so far from the truth and we are starting to see it more clearly as of late.

There are probably a few skeptics in life that might say, “Money is power why do you think that rich people get away with so much evil?” or “The mighty rule over the meek with an iron fist.”

I can confidently say if we decided not use to dollars anymore most of the “rich” people on this planet would not survive as long as the people who have learned how to live and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. One mighty individual or two can do nothing to a thousand meek.  What I am trying to say from this is that these things happen the way they currently do because we allow them too.

So if survival of the fittest does not mean those things then what does it mean?

My honest perspective on it is not just the strongest, fastest, or smartest but more likely the one who can get the most done with the least effort. Sounds lazy? It could be, but what I am trying to say could probably be better illustrated through a hypothetical situation.

Let’s imagine you have some really heavy furniture to move. You can probably move it by yourself but it would take all of your energy and a couple of hours. When you take that same furniture and add the help of the three other people it takes a fraction of the time and energy which allows to your move on to other projects.

Which would you prefer?

So if a species wants to guarantee its survival then killing its own kind in competitive nature would not serve a purpose. When looking at the larger picture perhaps survival of the fittest is actually referring to ones ability to properly cooperate for a common good as a true measure of how fit you are. If you consistently try to do everything on your own eventually you will become exhausted and possibly sick.

I have a hard time believing that ancient man survived through the treacherous wilds of the untamed planet earth solely by killing off the weakest of their kind through barbaric exhibitions. To me it seems that we had to learn how to snuggle up on cold nights before fire was discovered, or take turns watching for night predators while we were still predominantly nomadic.

This concept is not new and should not be foreign, we have relied on it so much throughout our existence that it’s been coded into our very DNA. The time is coming for everyone to look around at their fellow-man, with acceptance and appreciation for the diversity we have been provided is exactly what we need to solve the ever-growing list of obstacles we face.

I am not trying to throw around judgement and say it is time we “evolve”. Evolution would require us to make an adaptation to our environment that had not previously existed. Cooperation and kindness are at the very core of our being and have been their since the beginning. The only reason it does not appear that way is because we have some how been tricked into believing compassion is a flaw.

Let’s correct the way we see kindness because it can not ever be mistaken for weakness if you do not see it that way. The time has come for us to return to our roots and start working together so we can enjoy the many wonders this beautiful life has to offer us.

As always you are worth MORE THAN GOLD.

THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU,

Sam

Maya Angelou – Creation

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.