Wednesday, May 31, 2017
A Good Human Being
I was reflecting the other day about what it means to be a good human being. There are so many religions in the world that all have teachings and guidelines for what that means, and all are very similar--but being religious doesn't necessarily make someone a good human being. I've said before that there are those who you'd never know were Christians if they didn't tell you so--that can apply to many other religions.
And then there are those whose religions teach them that they must eradicate all who don't believe as they do, and doing so makes them "better"--as they spread hatred and intolerance rather than love, all in the name of God.
So, in the end, what makes one a good human being? I don't care what your talk is, it's your walk that makes you a good human being. If you spend hours in meditation but walk past someone who is struggling, then you're not a good human being--yet even if you don't believe in God but you stop to help others or do volunteer work, then you're a good human being.
It's funny, but I saw an article once about the Dalai Lama, it must have been for one of his visits to the US, that stated he was a better Christian than most Christians--as if Christianity was the only path that led one to walk in peace and love. There is this misconception that is spread in places of worship that only one religion, one way of doing things, leads us to walk such a path of good...and that as long as you're attending your place of worship, then you're a good person, you really don't have to do anything else. But that's not true.
I also see it amongst those in the spiritual community, the Lightworkers. Many are vegetarian or vegan, Democrats, and as judgmental as those in the religions they've eschewed for being so dogmatic. If you eat meat or vote Republican, then you're not as spiritual as them, because how could you be and eat meat and vote that way?
I don't care what someone believes, or says they believe. I don't care which way anyone votes. I don't care how rich or poor they are, what kind of car they drive, how big or small their house and how much or how little stuff they have, for none of that is what tells me how good of a person they are--it's what they do in their daily lives. Do they take a moment to hold a door for someone who is struggling with an awkward load--or lend them a hand? Do they smile at a stranger? Are they kind to everyone they meet no matter what type of day they're having? Those are the things that matter to me. That's what makes a good human being.