One of the most consistently progressive ideas in human history, being both ancient and strikingly relevant to our world today, is that of “reciprocity”, or the Golden Rule.
It is an idea so simple and so practical, that we almost need to unlearn to get to its core. It has taken on many forms, but at its heart it is this
Do to others what you would have them do to you.
Put even more simply this means “practice compassion”. Rather than pity, weakness, sympathy or sentimentality, compassion means the powerful ability to “feel with”, to empathise. This is not hard for anyone to understand, and yet yields an endless field of study and application, with great relevance for interspiritual understanding as well as the general development of civic society.
“It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build”
Nelson Mandela, quoted by Ambassador Pretty Mncube
Like dark riders, the four horsemen of South Africa’s latest apocalypse snuck into town last week as ex-president Jacob Zuma finally gave himself up for prison after decades of denial and gamesplay.
The term “apocalypse” has come to describe the chaotic end of the world. However its real underlying meaning is revelation or unveiling. It is about truth being made plain, as the layers of delusion are forcefully stripped away.
Corruption, Crime, Covid and Cold all conspired to make a perfect (and it now appears quite man-made) storm, leaving many dead and millions desperately and dangerously hungry.