Relationships With Other People

Relationships with other people.
Some say this is the most important kind of relationship.  Humans are ultimately alone, solitary animals.  Humans are also social animals.  We survive better in groups, so we have evolved a whole large number of instincts that bind us together, and allow us to function successfully as a group.  The most powerful of these is love. Sex and joy are other powerful positive attractors between people.  We also have powerful negative feelings for defense and attack, such as fear, anger and rage.  We need a set of rules to guide us in how to respond, in different circumstances, in our relationships with other people, based on mutual respect, genuine tolerance, cooperation and love.

What is the basic rule for relationships with other people.  It is an ancient principle called today the Golden Rule:
Respond to others as you want them respond to you.  Under the Sacred Canopy in E V E, the Global Knowledge Civilization, we also say nurture other people to live fulfilled lives as a whole person.

If you want the other person to respect you, resect the other person.
If you want the other person to enjoy you, enjoy the other person.
If you want the other person to understand you, listen to the other person.  Learn how to enter his or her world to say what you want.

Your relationships with other people will be determined by how you respond to them.  Will you respond positively or negatively.
We have evolved many possible responses within us, which are all adaptive under some circumstances.  If we are to live successfully in our circumstances , we must choose the right response for the circumstance, even when some wrong responses are strongly motivating.  This is individual responsibility, and why it is so important for successful life.  Only you can operate your body. Only you can choose your responses.  You may let someone else decide  for you, but you make your response, and you are responsible for what your body does and for what happens to your body.
There are positive responses to other people, such as respect, tolerance, cooperation, nurture, joy and love.
There are negative responses to other people such as fear, anger, rage, jealousy, envy, cruelty and hatred.
In seeking to live your personal fulfillment as a whole person in relationships with other people, in seeking to be happy from your relationships with other people ,how will you respond to other people, positively or negatively?
Think of children playing sports.  In the fall two classmates are on the same football team.  During the winter they are competitors on different basketball teams in the same league.  In the spring they are again teammates on the same baseball team.  They cannot permanently hate anyone.
Remember that every person is precious.  Any person anywhere in the world from any race, religion, culture or socio-economic background, anyone, can be your customer one day, your competitor the next day, and your partner the day after that.  We never know what the nature of our relationship with another person will be in the future.  Our hated enemy from overseas, may travel to our land and move in next door to be our neighbor.  Therefore we cannot afford to hate anyone, because every relationship may lead to our fulfillment as a whole person, and to theirs.
Learn to approach all people positively and respectfully, responding to them as you want them to respond to you.

Relationships With Self


We live our fulfilled life as a whole person through our relationships – our relationships with self, other people, all of existence and the Divine Harmony.

Today we present:

Relationships with Self

It all begins here, so don’t leave this one out.  You cannot just do what other people want.  You cannot just serve other people.  You must do what will lead to your personal fulfillment as a whole person. To do this requires being a mature person.  The Saying of Maturity suggests how.


Individual responsibility leads to self respect.

Self respect leads to self discipline.

Self discipline leads to fulfillment as a whole person.

Fulfillment as a whole person leads to happiness.

The key to making this work for you is your self contract.  This is a contract between you and yourself, which states what your self can rely on you consciously doing in the real world.  These are such things as being honest, or cleverly deceitful; telling the truth and not worrying about it remembering what you said last time, or lying easily and remembering the story of the lies; getting to work on time, working hard and doing a good job the first time, or showing up for work whenever, going through the motions to get paid, and not paying attention to the work product until someone complains; if you make a mistake, looking first to yourself to take responsibility for the mistake  and to improve yourself to fix it and see that it does not happen again, or denying responsibility and immediately pointing the finger of blame a someone  else.  These are all parts of the self contract that tell who you are, who you can rely on yourself to be, and what you can rely on yourself to do.

Think about what your self contract says.  Do you like the self you see?  Do you respect yourself?  If not, find out what parts of your self contract you do not respect. Pick one area and work on improvising that area.  You do not have to talk to anyone about this.  This is between you and your self.  Recognize the problems in yourself, and work on them.  As you reliably improve, see how your self resect grows, like magic.

Take a small area.  For example, if usually are late for work, determine that you will be at work on time tomorrow morning.  Leave yourself plenty of time to get there several minutes early.  Try it.  Do it, and see how it feels.  As the old commercial said, “Try it, you’ll like it”.

Maybe you need to try a major improvement in your life, such as giving up alcohol or drugs. It is possible, but it requires self discipline and usually group support, such as an AA 12 step program and a new relationship with your understanding of the Divine Harmony to help you forgive yourself and have the strength to be the fulfilled as a whole person, the whole person you were created to be.  You need others to help you, but you alone, you yourself, must take the first step, and then you must keep your new righteous life going until it becomes second nature to you, which eventually it will.

Self discipline leads to fulfillment as a whole person.  As you work on achieving self discipline, you become more aware of your needs and how to fulfill them.  You think about these things more, instead of focusing on the whim of he moment.  You also feel confident planning for the future, because you know you will do it.  You will carry out the plan.  When you become aware of something hat you would enjoy, that would be worth doing and fulfilling, make a plan for how to do it and reliably do it.  You will be fulfilled.  This will make you happy.  Do this everyday and you will be happy everyday.

All of this self discipline in a reliable, righteous self contract forms the first relationship – your relationship with yourself.  Self discipline is the beginning of your path to fulfillment as a whole person, your happiness.  Do not ignore it.  Respect your self discipline.  Work at it. Nurture it.  Improve it.  Rely on it.  Enjoy being a responsible, righteous person and the natural happiness that flows from it.  It all begins with your relationship with yourself.

Every Relationship Is Precious

Principle of Harmony: 


Every Relationship Is Precious


Happiness comes from relationships.  We are each happy or fulfilled as a whole person in all our relationships with self, other people, all of existence and the Divine Harmony.


The first relationship is with self.  Everything your body does is controlled by your brain, by you.  Therefore you are responsible for your happiness.  This is the importance of individual responsibility, which is the path to happiness.  You can claim that you do not have to be responsible for what you do, and you will get by living on whim, but you will never be fulfilled as a whole person, never be deeply happy.


You need a contract with yourself, which lists what you can rely on you doing as you face life.  Can you rely on  yourself to be truthful, and your work timely, accurate and reliable, looking to correct yourself when you fail, or will you lie, cheat and steal, pointing the finger of blame at someone else. Make you self contract to be successful in life, then live up to it.  Include in your self contract that you can rely on yourself to celebrate the joy of life when it happens to you.  Reliably endure the sorrow, disappointment and despair, the pain of life, and enjoy the success, beauty and joy of life.  This is wholeness.  Make a self contract that leads you to fulfillment as a whole person – your personal unique happiness.  Then live up to it. Be that kind of person.  Learn to be gracious, humble and forgiving of yourself.  After failure and disappointment learn to expect to pick yourself up and go on.  Learn to be on time.  Learn to do it right the first time.  By experience with yourself, learn to rely on you being that kind of person who lives his or her honorable self contract.   It will lead you through your circumstances in life to the unique, personal happiness you evolved to live with your set of talents and abilities.


Living by a strong self contract is the foundation of self respect, and the beginning of mutual respect.  If you want to be a successful person in all your relationships, begin with a strong self contract, and live it reliably.  This way you can rely on you doing what you need to do to succeed in life as a whole, happy person.  This is individual responsibility.


The second relationship involved in wholeness is the relationship with other people.  Humans are solitary individuals and also humans are social animals. We need each other.  We thrive in a community of humans.  Our response to a new environment, is to create a new civilization to organize and motivate the humans to do the jobs of the economy that works to sustain us in that new environment.  A civilization only works with a group of humans.


We learn how to have relationships with other people in the family.  Our relationship with our parents teaches us how to be a citizen of our government.  If our parents taught us to be self-reliant, exploring, creative and risk taking, we expect to do that as a citizen.  If our parents taught us to be obedient, to wait for others to solve our problems and to be dependent on them, we will expect to be passively dependent on government.  However, since the individual is both a solitary animal, deciding for himself or herself, and a social animal, participating in  the rules of society, sometimes domineering parents have a rebellious child, or self-reliance teaching parents have a dependent child.  Such is the variety of nature.


Honor family.  Learn as much as you can from right relationships in family.  It will teach you right relationships in society.  Right relationships in society will be the foundation of your happiness as a whole person.


The third type of fulfilling relationship is your relationship with all of existence.  You are a part of all of existence.   You evolved as everything else did by the process of evolution after the Big Bang.  You have evolved unique abilities in the universe, so far as we know. Humans with our machines can now produce new knowledge and existence in the universe at far higher levels of organization than is possible with biological evolution.  THis means it is up to us to carry on the rise of existence in the universe that began with the Big Bang, produced the tiny tiny things, atoms and molecules, the big things such as galaxies and stars, and the more highly organized things like species of life, and finally, so far, humans and our machines.  Now for our time it is our human cosmic duty to carry on the rise of existence in the universe by living together in global peace, prosperity and the pursuit of happiness, creating with out global knowledge market economy in our global knowledge civilization on Earth, a continuous blossoming of new knowledge and existence as the gift of our creativity to the universe.  We are also to reproduce our global knowledge civilization.  A knowledge civilization with its continuous blossoming of new knowledge and existence at ever higher levels of organization, is a flower of the universe.  A knowledge civilization reproduces by creating a platform in space, and transferring to it, a few billion humans and their machines and a copy of its knowledge base.  It is like cell division.  One becomes two.  Two become four and on and on.  Eventually the universe will be a garden filled with Flowers and blossoming in full bloom with unimaginable high-level existence.  Then, when the universe has that existence in it, the Divine Harmony’s plan for the universe may be fulfilled.  It is our human cosmic duty in our relationship with all of existence, to treat is with respect, let it live as it is, not try to control all of it for our own benefit, but only enough of it for our needs, and to live with each other in global peace, mutual respect, genuine tolerance, nurturing our global knowledge market economy to run fully open guide by its own natural harmony, to produce the new existence of the global knowledge civilization on Earth.


The global knowledge civilization on Earth is E V E, the First Flower of the Universe, and the Mother of all the other Flowers of the Universe, so far as we know.  In our relationship with all of existence it is our human cosmic duty to nurture E V E to full bloom and reproduction many times to launch the era of the Flowers of the Universe.


The fourth relationship for wholeness is the relationship with the Divine Harmony.  Where did we come from?  How did we get here?  What are we to do now to succeed in life?  What happens to us after death?  These are questions for the Divine Harmony, the Source of All.  People see the Source of All differently.  Some believe there is nature only, that everything came from the natural workings of the physical world.  They are naturalists.  They do not believe in God or Gods.  They believe that nothing is God.  Other people are supernaturalists, and believe in the supernatural, that there are many Gods, one God or that everything is God.  The name “Divine Harmony” is a common name for the Source of All, which can mean Nothing is God, Many Gods, One God or Everything is God.  It means that to the person who sees the Divine Harmony that way.  However, with a common name for all these different views, people can talk together about how the Divine Harmony guides them to successful life without arguing about which view is correct.  Some believe that there is no life after death, others believe that there is one life after death and still others believe that they are many lives after death.  No one can prove which, if any, of these beliefs is true or correct.  The best each human can do is to have faith that one of these is correct, and base his or her relationship to life on that faith.  Understanding this limitation on human certainty is the beginning of the necessary human humility if a person is to succeed in life.  You do not know it all, or any of it for certain.  You need help.  You need the guidance of the Divine Harmony.


In E V E, the global knowledge civilization, now growing all around the Earth,  you need the guidance of the Divine Harmony more than ever in human history.  The reason is the new machines.  The new machines now make it possible for the individual man or woman to produce and market his or her creativity to the global marketplace on the Internet, and gain his or her sustenance in life without very many people knowing about it or participating in it, except those in the market niche.  This means there are as many different ways to live today as there are different humans with different ideas of creativity.  This has produced a new era of individualism.  One answer to how to live successfully in global society does not fit all people. The religious institution, the government and the culture cannot tell the person anymore how to live, how to behave and what job to do to be successful.  Now they must teach the individual how to decide for himself, responsibly and righteously.  It is as if we are no longer riding on a train or a ship, where all are going in the same direction, and the captain decides where we will go.  Now we are all riding bicycles in different directions, on our own, personal, unique Golden Path to our personal fulfillment as a whole person, and we must each decide where we will go, how we will conduct our relationships and what we will do to be happy.  THis is our new personal responsibility.


We need intimate, personal guidance to decide how to live successfully today.  The institutions cannot tell us so well.  How can they tell us what to put on our web page, or what part of our creativity to produce, whether to paint, cook or write as we are inspired to do.  They cannot.


Fortunately that personal guidance that is unique to the individual to guide the individual to fulfilled life as whole person in his or her circumstances in the global knowledge civilization, is available to each individual through loving, intimate inner friendship with the Divine Harmony as each one understands the Divine Harmony through his or her religion or way of life.


Inner friendship with the Divine Harmony has always been available, through meditation or prayer, but now it is especially critical because the machines have given the individual the possibility to creatively pursue his or her happiness in the global marketplace. In E  V E we live in a new kind of civilization where the possibility of happiness for each individual is much greater, but each individual must decide how to do it, and needs the guidance of inner friendship to stay on track, and not get lost in selfishness and evil.  We live in a new era of religion, where the religions and ways of live need to teach their faithful to have a personal relationship with the Divine Harmony through inner friendship with the Divine Harmony tempered by discernment, based on the scripture and wisdom of the religion or way of life and the individual’s faith community, discerning messages from the Divine Harmony as distinct from messages from some selfish or evil source, and to support the individual who follows the messages of the inner friendship from the Divine Harmony to achieve successful life.   This is how we succeed in our precious relationships today.


We are one and many.  We live in one global community, connected together by technology, bound together by our one global economy from which, directly or indirectly, we all gain our livelihood. We all eat from the same bowl, the global knowledge economy. We all live in the same global community. We are all neighbors. When we meet someone, that person may be our customer in one product, our supplier for another product and our partner or competitor in another product, our enemy one day and our friend the next. We cannot afford to hate anyone. Our troublesome competitor today may be our valued customer tomorrow. Often we do not know our customer’s race, religion, creed or ethnic background. Yet all of these differences are precious, because they produce the vast variety the global knowledge economy needs to be robust and strong.


We need others as creative partners and willing consumers. We need their special differences. We need all the people of the Earth to make the global knowledge civilization strong and long lasting. They are all, everyone, necessary to our keeping our home on Earth, and doing our duty to the universe and the Divine Harmony to reproduce our knowledge civilization elsewhere in space, and launch the era of the Flowers of the Universe. We have no enemies, only neighbors all around the Earth. So far as we know, there is no one from off the Earth to attack us. We are neighbors at peace, in our one global community on Earth.  So far as we know, its just us, on our lonely blue planet in space. We should love each other.


We each have a relationship with every other person on Earth. Treasure every relationship. Nurture it.  Every relationship is precious.


Buddhism: Principle of Harmony That Every Relationship Is Precious


Him I call a brahmin who is never angry,

never causes harm to others even when he is

harmed by them.   Dhammapada, 26: 389, Easwaran, p. 196


Christianity: Principle of Harmony That Every Relationship Is Precious

Jesus said, “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.  If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.  Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.  Do to others what you would have them do to you.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you.  Even ‘sinners’ do that.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners’ expecting to be repaid in full.  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.  Be merciful, just a your Father is merciful.  Luke 6: 27-36 (NIV).

Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another.” John 13: 34 (NIV).


Now the tax collectors and ‘sinners’ were all gathering around to hear him.  But the Pharisees and teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.  Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.  Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep’.  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15: 1-7 (NIV).


Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.  The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’  So the father divided his property between them.

“Not long after that the younger son got together all he had, set off to a distant country and there squandered all his wealth in wild living.  After he had spent everything there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need…  He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son;  make me like one of your hired men.’  So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick!  Bring the best robe and put it on him.  Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fatted calf and kill it.  Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.  So they began to celebrate…

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in.  So his father went out and pleaded with him.  But he answered his father.  ‘Look!  All these years I‘ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders.  Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fatted calf for him!’

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.  But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Luke 15: 11-32 (NIV).


On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.  “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the law?” he replied.  “How do you read it?”

He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied.  “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers.  They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away leaving him half dead.  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.  Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.  The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper.  ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to this man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:25-37 (NIV)


Confucianism: Principle of Harmony That Every Relationship Is Precious


In answer to Fan Hsu’s question the Master said, “To love one’s fellow-men is Manhood-at-its-best.  To know them is to have knowledge.” Sayings of Confucius XII: 22


Fan Hsu asked about Manhood-at-its-best,

“At home be humble; at work be respectful; with others be loyal.  Even among barbarians you may not abandon these percepts.”

Sayings of Confucius XIII: 19


“Instruction recognizes no castes.” Sayings of Confucius XV: 39


Jen, etymologically a combination of the character for “human being” and “two”, names the ideal relationship that should pertain between people.  Variously translated as goodness, man-to-man-ness, benevolence, and love, it is perhaps best rendered as human-heartedness.  Jen was the virtue of virtues in Confucius view of life.  It was a sublime, even transcendental, perfection that he confessed he had never seen fully incarnated.  Involving as it does the display of human capacities at their best, it is a virtue so exalted that one “cannot be chary in speaking of it.”  To the noble it is dearer than life itself.  “The determined scholar and the man of jen … will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their jen complete.”

Jen involves simultaneously a feeling of humanity toward others and respect for oneself, an indivisible sense of the dignity of human life where ever it appears.  Subsidiary attitudes follow automatically: magnanimity, good faith, and charity.  In the direction of jen lies the perfection of everything that would make one supremely [fully] human.  In public life it prompts untiring diligence. In private life it is expressed in courtesy, unselfishness, and empathy, the capacity to “measure the feelings of others by one’s own.”  Stated negatively, this empathy leads to what has been called the Silver Rule – “Do not do unto others what you would not want others to do unto you,” but there is no reason to stop with this negative wording for Confucius put the point positively as well.  “The person of jen, desiring self-affirmation, seeks to affirm as well.”  Such largeness of heart knows no national boundaries for those who are jen-endowed know that “within the four seas all men are brothers and sisters.”

Houston Smith, The Worlds Religions, p. 172-173.


Hinduism: Principle of Harmony That Every Relationship Is Precious


When a person responds to the joys and sorrows of others as if they were his own, he has attained the highest state of spiritual union.   Bhagavad Gita 6: 32, Easwaran p. 107


He alone sees truly who sees the Lord the same in every creature, who sees the Deathless in the hearts of all that die.  Seeing the same Lord everywhere, he does not harm himself or others.  Thus he attains the supreme goal. Bhagavad Gita 13: 27-28, Easwaran p. 172


Islam: Principle of Harmony That Every Relationship Is Precious


Call to mind the favor of Allah which He bestowed upon you when you were at enmity with each other and He united your hearts in love so that by His grace you became as brethren.  Qur’an 3: 104


Worship Allah and associate naught with Him, and be benevolent towards parents, and kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and the neighbor who is a kinsman, and the neighbor who is not related to you, and your associates and the wayfarer, and those who are under your control.  Qur’an 4: 37


Should they contend with thee to associate with Me that of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not in that, but keep up thy kindly cooperation with them in worldly matters, and follow the way of him who turns to Me in humility.  Qur’an 31:15-16

Judaism: Principle of Harmony That Every Relationship Is Precious


You are not to take-vengeance, you are not to retain-anger against the sons of your kinspeople-

but be loving to your neighbor (as one) like yourself,

I am YHWH!      Leviticus 19: 18 (Fox)


Naturalism: Principle of Harmony That Every Relationship Is Precious


A human being is a part of the whole that we call the universe, as part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness.  This illusion is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for only the few people that interest us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living beings of all time.  Albert Einstein in The Enlightened Mind, Mitchell, p. 191-192


If the place I what to arrive at could only be reached by a ladder, I would give up trying to arrive at it.  For the place I really have to reach is where I must already be. What is reachable by a ladder, really doesn’t interest me.

Ludwig Wittgenstein in The Enlightened Mind, Mitchell, p. 199





Taoism: Principle of Harmony That Every Relationship Is Precious


The supreme good is like water,

which nourishes all things without trying to.

It is content with the low places that people disdain.

Thus it is like the Tao.


In dwelling, live close to the ground.

In thinking, keep to the simple.

In conflict, be fair and generous.

In governing, don’t try to control.

In work, do what you enjoy.

In family life, be completely present.


When you are content to be simply yourself,

and don’t compare or compete,

everybody will respect you.

Tao Te Ching No. 8




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THe Happiness of Every Person Is Pecious

The Happiness of Every Person Is Precious

Happiness is natural for humans.  Happiness is the natural goal of each human life.  We evolved to use our talents and abilities to fulfill our potential for full life.  We evolved to survive and flourish.  To flourish means to be happy.  We evolved to be fulfilled as a whole person in our relationships with self, other people, all of existence and the Divine Harmony.  We evolved with all our unique, personal talents and abilities to live our personal, unique natural fulfillment as a whole person – our happiness.

We humans have tried heroic materialism, chasing after more and more things, and found that this life was empty, raising up a deep spiritual longing for something more meaningful and fulfilling to life.  That something is happiness; to be what you evolved to be.

Happiness is unique to each individual.  What makes one person happy will not make another person happy.  You must each seek, find and live your unique personal happiness.  That is your ultimate individual responsibility.   No one knows how to do it for you.  You must seek the answers inside your self and with the guidance of inner friendship.  Only then will you find your personal Golden Path to your fulfillment as a whole person, your happiness.  You are responsible for your happiness.  Go find it, live it and enjoy it.  That is the continuing joy of life.

Some people filled with emptiness and boredom say, “Is that all there is to life?”  They have not discovered the fountain of full life that continues to flow throughout life from pursuing and achieving your personal happiness.  They continually look outside for excitement and meaning in life, and fail.  Every religion and way of life knows how to look inside yourself to find the path to your personal fulfillment as a whole person in your circumstances.  It is said that 90% of what happens to you depends on your responses to life.  Some researchers say that you have control over 40% of your life to make you happy.  Whether you are happy of not is up to you.  Happiness is there for you, if you will learn how and live it. Your religion or way of life has the teachings to show you how to receive continual personal guidance toward your personal happiness throughout your life at any age.  Find those principles and live them.

Who will decide what you will do and if you will be happy?  Freedom is the power to respond to be happy. Power means the ability to decide how you are going to respond to life.  What are you going to do with your life, and who is going to decide that, you or someone else?

There is only so much power to respond to life to go around.  If most of the people give their power to respond to life to someone else, such as the government or the king, or a dominant personality, they have lost their freedom to decide how to respond to life to be happy.  This was how the great human projects were built in he past, with mass human labor, either slave labor, or peasant or serf labor.

Today mass human labor is not needed so much, because of the machines. Today an individual can produce and market his or her creativity to the global marketplace with the aid of machines, and eat and live without intervention by others.  Such a free entrepreneur is able to purse his or her happiness by responding to the environment righteously, however, he or she chooses.  That individual has kept the power of his or her own freedom to respond to be happy.

This new circumstance places a new responsibility on the individual to become an entrepreneur, defend his or her freedom to decide how to respond to life, and pursue his or her happiness.  Earning ones’s own way in the world and avoiding crushing debt to others, or oppressive government or groups of people, becomes the path to happiness through individual responsibility.  Those who rise to this responsibility will have a better chance at happiness.  Those, whether male or female, who let others be responsible for them, will not.

As long as you are living above the poverty line, you can be about as happy as anyone else.  People all over the world, who are living above the poverty line, report about the same level of happiness, no matter how much money they have.  Everyone above the poverty line can be happy, and many below the poverty line, if they will concentrate their lives on achieving their natural happiness.

We live our happiness in service to self, other people, all of existence and especially the Divine Harmony.  We are part of the natural goodness of the universe.  When we each are happy, when we live a fulfilled life as a whole person, we are living as we evolved to live, as we were created to live, and we do our part of the human cosmic duty to create new existence, nurture others to do the same, and nurture E V E, the global knowledge civilization to blossoming in full bloom and reproduction many times.

It is therefore important to the individual, the knowledge civilization, the universe and the

Divine Harmony that every person be happy and be all he or she can be.  Therefore the happiness of every person is precious.

You pursue your happiness by living righteously, by responding rightly in your circumstances.  How do you know how to respond righteously?  You have unique, personal guidance to your personal happiness available to you from inner friendship.  Your pursuit of your unique, personal happiness is guided by loving intimate inner friendship, and your loving, faith community.  It takes them both.

Inner Friendship

Inner friendship is profoundly important in this age of individualism growing all around the Earth.  The reason is that each individual’s happiness is unique, because each individual is unique, with a different set of talents, abilities and circumstances in life.  Now the machines allow each individual to produce and market his or her creativity, and gain the individual’s fulfillment as a whole person: to be happy.

If you believe in the natural, your inner friend is a personality deep in your unconscious, who knows better than you do how you should respond to achieve your fulfillment as a whole person in your circumstances.  This inner friend loves you, cares for you and wants you to succeed in life, to be all you can be and to be happy.  There are many techniques for communicating with your natural inner friend: meditation, projections with art, Neuro Linguistic Programming and dream analysis, to name a few of the more prominent and successful ones. Begin to listen.  Find your own inner friend.  Develop your techniques of communication, and receive the precious intimate, personal guidance for successful life in your circumstances from your inner friend.

If you believe in the supernatural, your inner friend is the Divine Harmony, as you understand the Divine Harmony, or an angel, spirit, saint, ancestor or other supernatural presence, with whom you can comfortably communicate.   You begin your inner friendship with prayer.  Then you listen, not expecting to hear anything.  Eventually you will hear voices, hunches or thoughts moving through your mind.  Let them flow.  One particular thought may be noticeable or come back several times.  This may be a message.  Hear it.  Put it into words, remember it.  Now you have a message to consider.  Once you have a message to consider from your inner friendship, it does not matter whether it was from a natural or supernatural source.  You now have a duty to discern where it came from.  It may be from your inner friend, the Divine Harmony, in which case it is called “fire” as from the Holy Spirit in Christian terms. If so, you should act on it, follow it and do it.

However, it may be from some selfish or evil source, in which case it is called “wildfire” and you should not act on it.  You should not follow it and you should not do it.

How do you discern messages from you inner voices as fire or wildfire?  The answer is to compare the message with the accumulated wisdom of your faith community.  Does your scripture support such an action.  If one is living in a faith community with people who are living the lifestyle of the religion or way of life, does this message fit that lifestyle; does it seem reasonable to you; does it seem to be what the Divine Harmony would want you to do, or does it seem selfish, self centered, mean or destructive?  Would you want someone else to do that to you?

It is your duty to discern whether this message is fire or wild fire, before you act on it or discard it.  Only you can decide.  You will live with the consequences.  You cannot escape this responsibility to discern.  However, if you will listen for your inner guidance and responsibly discern before acting, you will achieve your unique, personal fulfillment as a whole person, in your relationships with self, other people, all of existence and the Divine Harmony -the goal of your life: happiness.

Faith Community

The Buddha said that a person needed right association before he tried to live righteously on the Eight-Fold Path.  It matters what your environment is when you seek to be happy.  In theory, you can be happy anywhere, but it is far more difficult in a destructive environment.

The human personality responds to an environment by forming an identity that typically makes responses that are adaptive for the individual in that environment.

If the environment is hostile and violent, the personality will develop an identity that will be adaptive in that environment, with response patterns and attitudes that foster intimidation and control, or fear and avoidance.  If the environment contains drug users and dealers who are constantly pushing drugs on the individual, it will be very difficult to give up drug addiction in order to live a full life.  Even a polite social environment, filled with alcohol and drugs as a way of life, will make avoiding addiction and a full life difficult.  The answer is to find a community that nurtures a heathy, safe lifestyle, and develop an identity that adapts successfully to that environment, which is likely tom produce a fulfilled life as a whole person and happiness.

One way to find a positive environment for the pursuit of happiness as a whole person is in a supportive faith community.  Find a community in your faith that focuses on the Principles of Harmony in the scripture and tradition of your faith, and lives by those principles.  Then it will be easier for you to live by these Principles of Harmony too, in the new global knowledge civilization, and achieve your natural fulfilled life as a whole person-your goal in life, your happiness.   Find a community of your faith who believe in global peace, genuine tolerance of other religions, respecting them as right for their faithful for now, until the Divine Harmony changes people’s hearts.  Live, love and be fulfilled as a whole person in all your relationships in this peaceful, supportive faith community.

Now put your inner friendship and your faith community together to serve your wholeness well.  From your inner friendship, get your personal guidance for how to respond to life toward your fulfillment as a whole person in your circumstances .  Then use your peaceful faith community and it’s teachings, wisdom and experience to discern whether the messages you are getting from your inner friend are fire or wild fire.  It is the balanced partnership of inner friendship, tempered and assisted by your peaceful, supportive faith community that leads to successful guidance toward your unique, personal fulfillment as a whole person.  This is how you relate day to day and moment to moment to the Divine Harmony.

You can be happy.  Your inner friendship and your peaceful faith community will lead you to it.  Nurture them.

The following is Chapter 2 from The Principles of Harmony for Global Peace.  It is the  Chapter that describes the Principle of Harmony that the Happiness of Every Person Is Precious.  Then it gives quotations, which express that Principles of Harmony, in eight different religions and ways of life.



Principle of Harmony:

The Happiness of Every Person

(Fulfillment As A Whole Person)

Is Precious.

Happiness is the goal of human life.  Happiness is becoming all one can be, all one evolved to be, in harmonious fulfillment of all one’s talents and abilities as a whole person throughout one’s lifetime in one’s circumstances.  A person becomes fulfilled as a whole person in relationships with self, other people, all of existence and the Divine Harmony, by using, in a balanced, harmonious way in such relationships, all of one’s talents and abilities, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  A person who is fulfilled as a whole person is a balanced, harmonious person, free to responsibly develop new creativity, to organize his or her world, to be an entrepreneur, a provider, protector, procreator and nurturer of others to lead them to full life as a whole person. This is experiencing life as it was meant to be.  In so doing and so being, one is a servant of the Divine Harmony, advancing the Divine Harmony’s plan for the universe. This is the reward of maturity, being all you can be, living as you evolved to live, living fully as you were created to live, living in the center of your natural harmony as a whole being. This is the goal of every human life. Therefore it is precious, and every person should nurture one’s self and nurture every other person to achieve this goal.  The happiness of every person is precious.


Buddhism: The Happiness Of Every Person Is Precious


The Buddha’s Eightfold Path “intends nothing less than to pick one up where one is and set one down as a different human being, one who has been cured of crippling disabilities.”  “Happiness he who seeks may win,” Buddha said, “if he practice.” Smith, p. 104.

The Eightfold Path:

1. Right Views

2. Right Intent

3. Right Speech

4. Right Conduct

Do not kill

Do not steal

Do not lie

Do not be unchaste

Do not drink intoxicants

5. Right Livelihood

6. Right Effort

7. Right Mindfulness

8. Right Concentration


Christianity: The Happiness Of Every Person Is Precious


Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”  John10:10 (NIV)

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11: 28-29 (NIV).

Jesus said, “As the father has loved me, so I have loved you.  Now remain in my love.  If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”  John 15: 9-11 (NIV).

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you what ever you ask in my name.  Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.  Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.”  John16: 23-24 (NIV).


Confucianism: The Happiness Of Every Person Is Precious

Chaun-sun Shih asked what he should practice.

“Let your speech be loyal and reliable; your actions sincere and respectful.  Even among the barbarians you can do this.  On the other hand, if your speech is not loyal and reliable, and your actions are not sincere and respectful, you will not be able to carry on either over a wide area or in a town.  When you are standing, imagine that you can see these principles present in your companions.  When you are in your carriage, imagine that you see them leaning against the cross-pole.  In this way you will come to practice them.”

Chaun-sun Shih wrote this down on his sash.  Sayings of Confucius XV: 6

“Great Man, out of a sense of pride, does not engage in strife; out of consideration for the group as a whole he does not join cliques.”  Sayings of Confucius XV: 22


“Great Man does not accept a man for his words alone; he does not reject a suggestion because of the man alone.”   Sayings of Confucius XV: 23

Tuan-mu Tz’u inquired, “Is there one word that will keep us on the path to the end of our days?”

“Yes.  Reciprocity!  What you do not wish yourself, do not do unto others.”

Sayings of Confucius XV: 24


Hinduism: The Happiness Of Every Person Is Precious


Hindus speak of the depth at which the Eternal is buried under the almost impenetrable mass of distractions, false assumptions, and self-regarding instincts that comprise our surface selves.  A lamp can be covered with dust and dirt to the point of obscuring its light completely.  The problem life poses for the human self is to cleanse the dross of its being to the point where it infinite center can shine forth in full display.  Smith, p. 22

It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another.  Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma, but competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity.  Gita 3: 35

Just as fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, knowledge is hidden by selfish desire-hidden, Arjuna, by this unquenchable fire for self-satisfaction, the inveterate enemy of the wise.

Gita 3: 38-39



Islam: The Happiness Of Every Person Is Precious


If you will use My bounties beneficently, I will surely multiply them unto you.  Qur’an 14: 8

Have We not made the earth a bed and driven in the mountains as stakes?  We have created you in pairs, and made your sleep a source of rest and made night a covering, and made day for the activities of life.  We have built above you seven heavens and made the sun a brightly burning lamp.  We send down from the dripping clouds water pouring forth abundantly, that We may bring forth thereby grain and vegetation, and luxuriant gardens.  Qur’an 78: 7-17

Verily, for the righteous there is felicity: walled gardens and grape-vines, and young maidens of equal age, and overflowing cups.  Therein will they hear no idle talk, nor any untruth: a recompense in proportion to their works from thy Lord, the Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, the Gracious one.  Qur’an 78: 32-40

Allah has promised those among you who believe and act righteously that He will surely make them Successors in the earth…  Qur’an 24: 56

Allah guides whomever He pleases to the right path.  Qur’an 2: 214



Judaism: The Happiness Of Every Person Is Precious


I know there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.  That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.  Ecclesiastes 3:12-13. (NIV)

Blessed is the man

who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked

or stand in the way of sinners

or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on his law he meditates day and night.


He is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither

what ever he prospers.


Not so the wicked!

They are like chaff that blows away.

Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgement,

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.


For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the wicked will perish.  Psalm 1: 1-6(NIV)



Naturalism: The Happiness Of Every Person Is Precious


Bill Moyers interviewed Joseph Campbell about mythology and life in a television series entitled The Power of Myth.  In the introduction to the book from the series he said:


He taught, as great teachers teach by example.  It was not his manner to try to talk anyone into anything (except once, when he persuaded Jean to marry him).  Preachers err, he told me, by trying “to talk people into belief; better they reveal the radiance of their own discovery.”  How he did reveal a joy for learning and living!


He agreed that the “guiding idea” of his work was to find “the commonality of themes in world myths. Pointing to a constant requirement in the human psyche for a centering in terms of deep principles.”

“Your talking about a search for the meaning of life?” I asked.

“No, no, no,” he said.  “For the experience of being alive.”

Bill Moyers Introduction in The Power of Myth, Flowers, Ed, p. xiv


Arnold Toynbee in A Study of History analyzed all known civilizations to understand their growth, breakdown and disintegration.  He stated at the end of his chapter on The Nature of Growths of Civilizations:

“We conclude that a given series of successful responses to successive challenges is to be interpreted as a manifestation of growth if, as the series proceeds, the action tends to shift from the field of an external environment, physical or human, to the for interieur of the growing personality or civilization.  In so far as this grows and continues to grow, it has to reckon less and less with challenges delivered by external forces and demanding responses on an outer battlefield, and more and more with challenges that are presented by itself to itself in an inner arena.  Growth means that the growing personality or civilization tends to become its own environment and its own challenger and its own field of action.  In other words, the criterion of growth is progress towards self-determination; and progress towards self-determination is a prosaic formula for describing the miracle by which Life enters into its Kingdom.”  A Study of History, Toynbee, p. 208.

The whole inner psychic reality of each individual is ultimately oriented toward this archetypal symbol of the Self.

In practical terms this means that the existence of human beings will never be satisfactorily explained in terms of isolated instincts or purposive mechanisms such as hunger, power, sex, survival, perpetuation of the species, and so on.  That is, man’s main purpose is not to eat, drink, etc., but to be human.  Von Franz in Man and His Symbols,: Jung, Ed., p. 202.



Taoism: The Happiness Of Every Person Is Precious


Fame or integrity: which is more important?

Money or happiness: which is more valuable?

Success or failure: which is more destructive?


If you look to others for fulfillment,

you will never be truly fulfilled.

If your happiness depends on money,

you will never be happy with yourself.


Be content with what you have;

rejoice in the way things are.

When you realize there is nothing lacking,

the whole world belongs to you.

Tao Te Ching No. 44


If you want to become whole,

let yourself become partial.

If you want to become straight,

let yourself become crooked.

If you want to become full,

let yourself become empty.

If you want to be reborn,

let yourself die.

If you want to be given everything,

give everything up.


The Master, by residing in the Tao,

sets an example for all beings.

Because he doesn’t display himself,

people can see his light.

Because he has nothing to prove,

people can trust his words.

Because he doesn’t know who he is,

people recognize themselves in him.

Because he has no goal in mind,

everything he does succeeds.


When the ancient Masters said,

“If you want to be given everything,

give everything up,”

they weren’t using empty phrases.

Only in being lived by the Tao

can you be truly yourself.

Tao Te Ching No. 22

March 20, 2012   Global Peace Day

Proclamation of Global Peace Day

This is the day of the Equinox (“equal night”), vernal equinox in the Northern hemisphere, the first day of Spring and Autumnal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, the first day of Autumn.  This day symbolizes the equality of day and night, of Yang and Yin, of the masculine and the feminine, the equality of men and women, which is the foundation of harmonious pluralism, the foundation of global peace.

Proclamation of the new symbol of the Rainbow for Global Peace

Beginning on the first Global Peace Day, March 20, 2012, the Divine Harmony (the source of all, seen by some as nature only where nothing is God, and by others as supernatural, either as many Gods, one God or that everything is God) put the rainbow in the sky to symbolize the coming of global peace, with all the colors of the world’s religions and ways of life flowing peacefully and beautifully together to provide a successful global knowledge civilization for all humans and their machines all around the Earth.  When you fear violence in the world and see a rainbow, remember the promise of the Divine Harmony that global peace is coming.

Hello world!

Welcome Citizen of E V E.

Every human is a full, equal citizen of E V E.

E V E is the global knowledge civilization, now growing all around the Earth, which produces a continuous blossoming of new knowledge and existence in the universe, far beyond what biological evolution can do.  Therefore it is a flower of the universe, the first one to exist, so far as we know.

E V E is the First Flower of the Universe, and by eventually reproducing more knowledge civilizations in space, is

The Mother of All the Other Flowers of the Universe (named after Eve, the mother of all the living in Genesis 3:20).

Our newly evolved human cosmic duty is to nurture E V E to full bloom and reproduction many times to launch the era of the Flowers of the Universe, which will eventually produce unimaginable new, high-level existence in the universe.

We are, for our time, the leading edge of new, high-level creation in the universe, far beyond what biological evolution can do.  In so doing, we alone, with our global knowledge civilization, carry on the rise of existence in the universe that began with the Big Bang.  That is our new human cosmic duty.  In order to do it, we must live and work creatively together on Earth in global peace, prosperity and the pursuit of happiness.  The new global knowledge market economy, the most powerful economy the world has ever known, makes it possible, if we will nurture it to operate fully.

The new global community of seven billion diverse, closely connected people and our machines will continue to grow on Earth, no matter what we do here.  Humans have never experienced this before.  How will we adapt to this new global environment connected together by ever increasing machines into one global marketplace and global community? We need to live in unity (one source of all, one species, one global community) with diversity (many different people, with different creative talents, tastes, beliefs, religions and ways of life) in harmony (in a peaceful, prosperous global knowledge civilization).  How do we live in unity with diversity in harmony?

We need a big, new worldview that makes sense of it all, and shows where we came from, where we fit meaningfully in it all, and our successful role in it.  The new world view needs to be consistent and comprehensive with all we know in science, religion and human history, and have room for new developments in each area.  Then we need a set of principles for living successfully in such a world.

This site offers such a worldview, and principles.  The worldview is contained in the Story of the Flowers of the Universe.  The principles or attitudes for successful living in the global knowledge civilization of  billions of interconnected people and our machines are given as Principles of Harmony, which are found in the scripture and writings of all the world’s great religions and philosophies.  If people find that these work to lead them to successful life in the global community, they will believe them and live by them.  Those parts, which they find do not work, they will ignore.  Whatever happens, if they adopt some parts of it, they will change it.  That is how the human system works in adapting to a new environment.

Our job on this site is to give the best story and principles we can, publish them, and then  let the people do as they will.  We are honored to have the privilege of making this offering.

Learn the Story and the Principles of Harmony.  Live the parts that are believable to you, that work for you to live successfully in our new world of seven billion citizens with our machines.  Respect yourself.  Respect others.  Be responsible for what you do.  Pursue your unique, individual, personal happiness.  Live a fulfilled life as a whole person in your relationships with self, other people, all of existence and the mysterious source of all as you understand that, and nurture others to do the same.  That is being a good, successful, fulfilled citizen of E V E.

This site is divided into categories, with posts by the author of the Story and the Principles of Harmony, and comments by citizens (anybody) and replies by the author.  The categories include news of the growth of E V E, the Story and various categories of Principles of Harmony.  The first post is in the category of Principles of Harmony for Global Peace.  Other categories will be added soon.  One Principle of Harmony is presented with its description, and quotations from the scripture and writings of eight religions and philosophies of life that describe that Principle of Harmony in their own way.

See if you can find other examples of that Principle of Harmony in the scripture of your religion or writings of your philosophy of life, or others.  All the world’s literature is available for you to consider.  If you find new quotes describing a Principle of Harmony, post them here and share them with others on this site.  List the Principle of Harmony, the religion or writing, the citation, verse, sura, etc. and give the new quote.  Help grow the understanding of the Principles of Harmony and how to apply them in real life in the global community as well as your local community with your family and neighbors.

Begin with the category of Principles of Harmony for Global Peace.  Enjoy!