Chapter 1. Principle Of Harmony: Every Person Is Precious
Each person is precious as a creation of the Divine Harmony, however that creation occurred. Each person is precious to the individual, the family, the community, the knowledge civilization and to the universe. New creativity comes from the individual. Nurture of others comes from the individual. Individuals working alone and working together in teams create the new existence that makes the knowledge civilization blossom and grow. Individuals seeking their own fulfillment as whole persons are inspired to be creative in ways others cannot imagine. Each person is a fountain of new creativity and a nurturer of other individuals, families, communities, the knowledge civilization and the universe. Therefore every person is precious.
Every person is created precious, and the path to that person’s full life is laid out before the person. The question is whether the person will listen, obediently follow the natural path, live in the center of the person’s natural harmony and be fulfilled; or not listen, travel other paths and be destroyed. If one has left the path, one can return to the right path at any moment. Every person is precious.
Buddhism: Principle of Harmony: Every Person Is Precious
Buddha saw a man of lowest caste who thought himself unfit, untouchable by others, who had been taught that he could not escape the wheel of life, until he attained the highest caste, the Brahmin caste, after many more lifetimes of suffering birth, illness, old age, death and rebirth. Buddha said to him in effect, “Come with me. You can achieve Nirvana in this lifetime.”
The Buddha encountered Sunita the flower scavenger, a man so low in the social scale that the only employment he could find was picking over discarded bouquets to find an occasional blossom that might be bartered to still his hunger. When the Buddha arrived one day at the place where he was sorting through refuse, Sunita’s heart was filed with awe and joy. Finding no place to hide – for he was an outcaste – he stood as if stuck to the wall, saluting with clasped hands. The Buddha “marked the conditions of Arahatship [sainthood] in the heart of Sunita, shining like a lamp within a jar,” and drew near saying, “Sunita, what to you is this wretched mode of living? Can you endure to leave the world?” Sunita “experiencing the rapture of one who has been sprinkled with ambrosia, said, ‘If such as I may become a monk of yours, may the Exalted One suffer me to come forth!’ He became a renowned member of the order.” Smith, p. 91.
Christianity: Principle of Harmony: Every Person Is Precious
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them…God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1: 27,31 (NIV).
David said in a Psalm, “When I consider your heavens and the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him…?”, Psalm 8:3-4 (NIV). The answer came: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV).
Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12: 31 (NIV).
Paul said, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. [They] exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
“Therefore God gave them over to the sinful desires of their hearts…They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen.” Romans 1:18-25 (NIV).
Confucianism: Principle of Harmony: Every Person Is Precious
Ssu-ma Li said worriedly, “All of you have brothers except me.”
Pu Shang replied, “What I have been taught is this: Life and death are governed by fate, and riches and honors depend upon Sky. If Great Man is faultlessly respectful; if he is humble within the rites to his fellow men, then in the whole, wide world, all are his brothers. How can Great Man complain he has no brothers?” Sayings of Confucius XII: 5
Tseng Ts’an once said, “If there is careful attention to the burial rites, if the offerings are made to the dead, the people, I promise you, will turn fully to Excellence.” Sayings of Confucius I: 9
Hinduism: Principle of harmony: Every Person Is Precious
That is perfect. This is perfect. Perfect comes from perfect. Take perfect from perfect, the remainder is perfect.
May peace and peace and peace be everywhere.
What ever lives is full of the Lord.
The Upanishads, Mitchell, p 3.
I look upon all creatures equally; none are less dear to me and none more dear. But those who worship me with love live in me, and I come to life in them. Gita 9: 29
Islam: Principle of Harmony: Every Person Is Precious
O mankind, worship your Lord Who has created you and those who were before you, that you may be shielded against all ill; who has spread out the earth like a bed for you and made the heaven like a canopy, and has caused water to come down from the clouds and has therewith brought forth provision for you in the shape of fruits. Qur’an 2: 22.
We created man from a spermdrop comprising many qualities, that We might try him; so We made him hearing and seeing; We showed him the Way. He is either appreciative, and follows it, or is ungrateful and rejects it. We have prepared chains and collars and a blazing Fire for the disbelievers. Qur’an 76:2
Judaism: Principle of Harmony: Every Person Is Precious
“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God did he create it; male and female he created them…Now God saw all that he had made, and here: it was exceedingly good!” Genesis 1: 27,31 (Fox).
Naturalism: Principle of Harmony: Every Person Is Precious
And now, Socrates, there bursts upon him that wondrous vision which is the very soul of beauty he has toiled so long for. It is an everlasting loveliness which neither comes nor goes, which neither flowers nor fades, for such a beauty is the same on every hand, the same then as now, here as there, this way as that way, the same to every worshiper as it is to every other.
“And remember”, she said, “that it is only when he discerns beauty itself through what makes it visible that a man will be quickened with the true, and not the seeming virtue – for it is virtue’s self that quickens him, not virtue’s semblance. And when he has brought forth and reared this perfect virtue, he shall be called the friend of God, and if ever it is given to man to put on immortality, it shall be given to him.” Socrates written by Plato in Mitchell, p. 15-16.
The Roman poet Terence spoke for all humanists when he said,
“Nothing human is foreign to me.”
Beattie in Kurtz Ed., p. 39
Taoism: Principle of Harmony: Every Person Is Precious
The Master has no mind of her own.
She works with the mind of the people.
She is good to people who are good.
She is also good to people who aren’t good.
This is true goodness.
She trusts people who are trustworthy.
She also trusts people who aren’t trustworthy.
This is true trust.
The Master’s mind is like space.
People don’t understand her.
They look to her and wait.
She treats them like her own children.
Tao Te Ching, No, 49