Updated: Nov 3, 2020
Some people wonder why their lives are miserable, if they didn’t have bad luck – they’d have no luck at all - and nothing ever seems to improve. Well, for every action there’s a reaction and if most of the actions you take are in your life are harsh, uncaring, negative and without love – seems like you can’t expect much else in return.
There is accountability in the Universe. And, if you are more of a secular person take a look at some of the Universal Principles that guide our lives. For every thought, word and deed, we generate the same effect in our lives. You’ve heard the expression “like attracts like”. So when you speak or do good – good comes back to you. Sometimes it doesn’t return from the same source but good is always rewarded. Speaking or doing evil bears the same consequence.
Another Universal Principle in play here is what you focus on expands. So, if your focus is always critical, angry and resentful it isn’t surprising that – all those emotions will expand and eventually dominate your life.
Others of you are likely more religious and in that case might be guided by religious principles. So, let’s take a look at a couple of those. Specifically, in the Bible, although I am paraphrasing a bit, in Galatians 6:7 it says: What you sew you also reap.
Sound similar? When you judge, you shall be judged; when you criticize, you shall be criticized; and show no compassion and little or no compassion will be shown toward you.
In Luke 6:37, it says: “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Again, more of the same.
It all ties more or less back to the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This simple rule doesn’t promise what you sew you reap but it does caution us to perform correctly on the first half of the equation. In fact, every major religion on earth teaches the same thing.
Confucianism: “Do not do to others what you would not like yourself.” Analects 12:2
Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga 5,1
Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.” Mahabharata 5,1517
Islam: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” Sunnah
Judiasm: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat 3id
Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” Tai Shang Kan Yinn P’ien
Zoroastrianism: “That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself.” Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5
And, if that still leaves a few skeptical, we can always harken back to plain old science where the law of cause and effect is evident in every experiment they do.
This might be one of the few circumstances where everybody agrees on one basic fact – if you want a wonderful life, try being a wonderful person.