Do Good, Avoid Hurting - Enrich The World
that Ends justify the Means – i.e. telling
lies for someone's good is ok. Killing an
"enemy" in war gets a medal, killing your personal enemy gets you life imprisonment. Cheating your neighbour of a hundred rupees is bad, but cheating the Income Tax Department of a lakh of rupees is okay.
More confusing is – should I be critical of my friend on his face, or should I be nice to him even when I know that he is doing something "wrong"? Is it sinful to kill one animal and eat its flesh, while I wear a silk shirt that has been made after killing hundreds of silk-worms? Is it okay for a Doctor to be engrossed in prayers when his patients are in pain and need him? Where does the list stop?
I often wonder what is good or bad in this world. The rat eats the insect, the cat kills the rat, and the dog chews up the cat. Ironically, the insects then keep merrily sucking blood from the dog! And life goes on ....
The only very clear directive that I could find in this confused scenario is – do as much good to others as you can (and define good by what THEY want, not what you THINK they need), and consciously avoid hurting anyone intentionally. If we follow these two rules, we will be enriching our lives and creating a better world around us.
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