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Creating the conditions for the successful practice of ethical principles

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Transcript of Creating the conditions for the successful practice of ethical principles

The practice of ethical principles must be
varied
.
The practice of ethical principles must be
contextually appropriate
A divine ethical principle must be performed on a
repeated
basis.
The practice of ethical principles must be
comprehensive
Just as providing our physical organism with a
single food
type will lead to a
nutritional imbalance
,
The practice of ethical principles must be
balanced
It is not by forcing ourselves to be generous on a few occasions, for example, that we can acquire the virtue of
generosity
;
Only by
repeatedly
and
persistently
practicing an ethical principle will it gradually become
integrated
within our spiritual substance and eventually
become part of our
second nature
.
To better understand this condition, let us take the example of a disease called
avitaminosis B1
or
beriberi
, which is caused by a deficiency of vitamin B1 and mostly affects the nervous system.
This example illustrates why in the practice of an ethical principle such as
altruism
, for instance, the principle must be absorbed in its entirety,
By failing to take this corollary into account, our altruism may result in a sense of
bitterness
.
Or, to take another example,
when we want to practice the principle of
courage
in its entirety we must absorb it with its “
outer shell
”,
Courage without prudence turns into
recklessness
and drives us to commit perilous acts that may have
irreparable consequences.
An ethical principle must be
absorbed
in its
entirety
.
... nourishing our psychospiritual organism with a
single ethical principle
will also lead to a
detrimental imbalance
.
For example, solely practicing
devotion towards others
without concurrently taking into account the
collective rights
that are involved...
... will result in
irrational
behavior that encourages people to take advantage of us.
It is important to understand the deeper meaning of an ethical principle in order to avoid a
blanket approach
that disregards specific
circumstances
.
For example, although it is important to develop
humility
within ourselves, it is not appropriate to display humility towards everyone and at all times.
On the contrary, the
particular individual and situation
must be assessed on a
case-by-case basis
.
The same holds true for developing the attribute of
sincerity
. For instance, although it is true that one should not lie, it is
not ethical
either to be sincere towards swindlers and hypocrites.
Sincerity should be practiced to the extent that it
does not encroach on our own rights or those of society
; otherwise, it is a form of naïveté.
An ethical principle must be practiced in a
balanced manner,
Let us take the attribute of
peacefulness
as an example.
The
instinct of aggression
is a characteristic of our
irascible system
that is, among other things,
It is wrong to attempt to
completely neutralize
this instinct,
... for its absence or deficiency will result in:
a lack of dignity
and a sense of sterile passivity
The correct application of the instinct of aggression requires that we use this instinct solely to
defend our dignity and our legitimate rights
.
More importantly, this defense must be carried out within the framework of the law and without infringing upon the rights of others.
rather, we must
repeatedly push ourselves to perform generous acts
until the essence of generosity permeates our spiritual substance.
This condition was first observed in the Far East, where the main staple was considered to be rice.
Interestingly, beriberi was especially prevalent among the higher socio-economic class, who typically consumed rice that was stripped of its outer coating.
What they failed to realize at the time, however, was that vitamin B1 is mainly stored in the outer coating of rice.
Creating the conditions for the successful practice of ethical principles
Repeated
Comprehensive
Varied
Contextually
appropriate

Balanced
Once we have discovered the divine ethical principles adapted to our time it is our duty to put them into practice, for only then will they nourish us and gradually become assimilated within us.
As we previously mentioned,
a
diet
must fulfill certain criteria to be considered sound.
Our physical organism, for example, requires a
varied
and
balanced
diet.
Likewise,
the practice of a divine ethical principle must fulfill certain conditions
in order to have a
positive effect
on our psychospiritual organism. It must be:
From B. Elahi,
Medicine of the Soul
: Foundations of Natural Spirituality
, Cornwall Books, 2001
meaning with the
corollary
that one may be faced with
ingratitude
.
meaning with the
corollary
of
prudence
.
without going to either extreme.
necessary
for our
self-preservation
and the
defense of our rights.

This behavior
discounts
not only our own
rights
, but also
those of the society we live in.
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