Introduction: Religious Quest
11. We are all responsible for ourselves, for our own thoughts, words, deeds and actions. 2In the situations where we are tempted to shirk responsibility through blaming or deriding another, we must return to self-honesty, kindness and forgiveness. 3Without the practice of honesty, kindness and forgiveness, a human being sinks below the level of the beast. 4There is so much growling, barking, snarling and mauling going on in our world today; and it is not coming from dogs, bears or wolves, but from human beings.
12. “A soft answer turns away wrath,” is still a sound proverb; one that we must practice more often, along with taking responsibility, or sharing responsibility where it is due.
13. The path of self-discovery and finding your purpose in the world would become your personal religious quest. 2For your religion is not about blind faith, or the following of some dogma or creed, which merits are dubious and you know nothing about. 3But your religion is your quest for knowledge and the understanding of everything you put your heart to. 4FOR OUT OF YOUR YEARNING FOR AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ‘FACTS’ AND WANTING TO DO THE RIGHT THING, WILL SURFACE WISDOM.
14. At the core of everyone’s religious quest, is the understanding that whatsoever you desire for yourself, you also desire for others equally. 2You know that you must only do to others exactly what you would like others to do to you. 3In this fact, lies the seed of your personal wisdom; nurture this seed through practice, and when the seed blooms and bears fruit, you will not be disappointed. 4For from such a ‘tree,’ the fruits you will reap and share are plenty of love, joy, peace, tranquility and respect, among others too numerous to mention.
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