Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Wind Blows And The Grass Bends

If your desire is for good, the people will be good. The moral character of the ruler is the wind; the moral character of those beneath him is the grass. When the wind blows, the grass bends.

Confucius, the Chinese philosopher, wrote those thoughts about 2,300 years ago. He believed the behavior of people should be planted in self-responsibility. Most of us believe we have lost that connection through the years, and our government’s debacle demonstrates that fact. Our ego ignores the inner self, and we cling to the fear of separatism.

Plato, the Greek philosopher, lived about a hundred years after Confucius. He wrote about separatism in his work, The Republic. Plato developed the theory of the Noble Lie. The Noble Lie was Plato’s way of bringing the behavior, and the beliefs of the rulers to the surface of public opinion.

Plato described the concept of the Noble Lie this way: God filled everyone’s soul with gold, silver, and iron, but the working man and the farmer’s soul had less of those elements, so the ruler’s soul was the guardian. Rulers controlled the people using this perceived truth. Our current religious and political leaders are immersed in a current version of the Noble Lie. These religious and political leaders are considered a special breed. They believe it is their duty to control the thoughts of their peers. A new version of the Noble Lie has infiltrated our belief structure, and the message within it is now considered a perceived truth.

The form and delivery of the Noble Lie has changed over the years, but the message is the same: God is a separate entity that sits in judgment, and must be worshipped in order to achieve social and political status as well as religious salvation.

Confucius said: Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself. We elect political leaders that do unto others what they don’t do to themselves. The same can be said for some religious leaders.

The thought of using moral character, self-responsibility, and a united consciousness in politics as well as religion might take us to a place where when the wind blows and the grass bends in informed agreement. That thought is a prime ingredient of change in this age of self-transformation.

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