This article was posted today on the Toronto Star, I wanted to comment on it.
I’ve mentioned some of this before, but it never hurts to repeat things again and again! 🙂
There’s a thing called “Intent”, I speak about it a lot in terms of spirituality and astral projection. What is the Intent behind the action you’re doing… is it positive or negative. This is on a personal level. Each action that each of us does throughout our lives has an Intent behind it.
Likewise, society as a whole also has an Intent… every action that plays out on a larger scale, such as our interactions between each other is the “Societal Intent”. Part of living and growing spiritually is purifying your Intent so that the choices you make are based more on a positive Intent than a negative Intent. As each person purifies their own Intent… the Societal Intent also becomes purified just a little bit more. What this really means is that how we treat each other online in an anonymous situation is directly reflective of our Societal Intent.
When I say “purified”, I mean that you begin to make choices not for self-serving or greedy reasons… but you make a choice because it’s just the right thing to do. For example, the famous “wallet scenario”: You see someone in front of you drop their wallet and not notice… you pick it up and you…
1. After noticing that a few other people around you see you pick it up, you figure you might as well give the wallet back or others might think you’re stealing.
2. Or… you pick up the wallet and immediately give it back to the owner.
In both scenarios, you end up doing the right thing… you give the wallet back to it’s owner. The question is in WHY did you do it. What was you Intent behind the action of giving the wallet back?
In the first one, you gave it back because you were fearful of the reaction of others around you. In other words, you acted out of fear… fear that your reputation would be tarnished or worse.
In the second one, there’s not an eyelash batted… you give it back without a second thought, because it’s just the right thing to do. You don’t even have to think about it.
There’s a measuring stick here…
If you have to think about why you’re doing an action, then chances are good that it’s not coming from a good place.
It’s also the difference between ACTING nice and BEING nice. The first you’re ACTING nice. The second you’re BEING nice.
That’s not to say that the first one is such a bad thing… if you want to focus on growing spiritually, then you have to start somewhere. When you do it enough, acting nice eventually (usually) leads to being nice. It’s hard to change our thinking and perception of things, but it’s entirely possible and is well worth it. J