Monday, June 6, 2022

Protocols for Living: 10) Never Desire to Destroy Another's Reality

As we discussed in Protocols for Living: 2) Live in Reality and Protocols for Living: 3) Be Careful with What is Realreality is real existence and the aggregate of all that is real.

Each individual has their own perception of that which constitutes their reality.  

To destroy another's perception of reality is to destroy their reality.  It shakes the very foundation of their world.  Now, there may

be times where such foundations need shaking, but maliciously seeking to destroy someone's perception of reality is a harmful thing to seek.

A good protocol for living is to never seek to destroy another's reality. Like killing it is a destruction from which some never really recover.

Protocols for Living: 9) Never Present Unreality as Reality


As we discussed in Protocols for Living: 2) Live in Reality and Protocols for Living: 3) Be Careful with What is Real, reality is real existence and the aggregate of all that is real.  

Unreal is that with is not real, or that which is actually existing or having physical existence.  

To live that which is unreal is a false.  False is from a Latin word meaning "deceptive, feigned, deceitful, pretend, deceived, erroneous, mistaken."  It is the past participle of fallere meaning "deceive, disappoint" and "to trip, cause to fall."  Humanity has LONG deceived itself believing that their spirit is removed from the Spirit of God (or vice versa).  It is not coincidence that the word for such deception is fall.  

A good protocol for living is don't contribute to someone's fall by presenting unreality as if were reality.

Protocols for Living: 8) Never Steal

"Midnight requisitions”, taking, getting, extended “borrowing”, pilfering, swiping, and more.  These are euphemisms for stealing.  

To steal is is to take and carry off clandestinely and without right or permission.  It is from an ancient word meaning the same thing.

Stealing is a lack of respect (regard, or looking at and observing another).  To take what others claim as their own without the right to do so, or the other’s permission is, simply put, disrespectful.  It is demeaning (lowering the dignity of) and degrading (depriving the dignity) of others, and basically communicates “I am more important that you and you don’t matter.”  It does NOT promote building a society of trust, peace and security.

Just look about you at the cities and neighborhoods where there is no trust, no respect, no lifting up of others and you will find death, misery, theft, debasement, discouragement, and more negative feelings, emotions, and results.

Respect, an observation and regard for others, is the foundation of a civilization.  Without it a civilization crumbles.

A good protocol for living is to “never steal."


Protocols for Living: 7) Dance with your own partner


To dance is a “succession of steps and movements” and as the image below notes “everything in the universe has rhythm.  Everything dances.”  Life as we know it is a succession of steps and movements.  

Most people are aware of this protocol through its reference to adultery. 

From Latin prefix meaning “to" and a suffix meaning “alter” indicating “beyond other” the word adulteration is akin to adultery,  referring to “a state of begin debased by mixture with something else.”

A good protocol for living is to take the steps of life without debasing yourself by mixing your purity with something impure.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Protocols for Living: 6) Building up and Demolition

Never destroy without legal purpose.  

This protocol from “thou shalt not kill”, references the destruction of life. To destroy is from Latin meaning tear down, demolish, literally “un-build.” 

Legal is “of or pertaining to the law”, and law in Indo-Eurpopean words are most commonly from verbs for to put, place, set, lay. Words for law in the general sense mostly mean “what is right” and often are connected with adjective for “right”.  These are often figurative uses of words for straight, upright, true, fitting, or usage or custom.

So we are admonished to never un-build something without it being set in place as something agreed upon as right, true, or fitting.

Perhaps stated most simply, this protocol admonishes us to don’t “un-build” what is not yours to unbuild.  And life refers to more than just the living being, it includes the thoughts, actions, attitudes, and more, that the living being pursues or holds.  

Destruction and demolition are often associated with unthinking actions. Unthinking thoughts and actions can have the same destructive effects of demolition.

Seek to build up rather than to demolish.  Demolish only after thoughtful action and consideration by the society.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Protocols for Living: 5) Respect your Elders

Respect those who have gone before you.

Respect is to “look at” and to “look back at.”  Give attention to is another way of identifying the word respect.

Many cultures seek to honor their ancestors and those with experience who came before.

The word elder arises from Old English referring to an older person, parent, ancestor, chief or prince, or one have authority in the community.  Other languages describe this as parents.

More than just parents elder basically can be summarized as “those who have gone before you and have experience (wisdom).

In an age where “elders” of all kinds–parents, old folks, and authorities–are being disrespected by the popular culture, it still makes great sense to have respect for your elders–those who have gone before you. They just may be able to impart some wisdom for living that you might learn.

A good protocol for living is to give attention to those who have come before you. You just might gain from their experiences (wisdom) in dealing with your own life journey.

Respect your elders.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Protocols for Living: 4) Remember to Rest

Regularly rest within reality.

Rest is an intermission of labor, metal peace, a state of quiet or repose.  Rest also carries the meaning of to keep, cause to continue to remain.

We are told that “God rested” on the seventh day of creation.  We are told that God is one and that God is.  If God took an intermission of labor, assumed mental peace, and/or a state of quiet repose to keep and cause to remain, shouldn’t we? 

While operating within reality it is important to remember to rest

It is important to rest regularly. Cease your labor and your struggles.  Find mental peace and quiet repose.  Remain in reality and continue; choose to, at regular intervals, rest.  

Remain in reality and seek mental peace. It is a good model to emulate.