Interestingly, personal, social, business and national life, all flow better when time and money are budgeted, when what works and what does not are known and recognized, when what’s welcome and what is not are respected, and when what to do and what not to are alerted.
For a better life, thus, one should ideally look for advance notices, like ice on the bridge, sharp turn ahead, flashing yellow traffic light, travel alert of all sorts – weather, crime, or conflict, sugar, salt or artificial chemical content of food, child care center’s reputation, side-effects of a prescription drug, last date to file taxes or take advantage of open insurance opportunity, etc.
In the TPTC Way, there are three types, at least, of advance indicators with regard to thoughts and actions that make for a better flowing life – personal, social and national.
The first one can be imagined if one thinks about a spectrum, no a line, whose left hand side is labelled, ‘Do’ and right hand side is labelled ‘Don’t’. There are three other points in-between, stretching from left to right, ‘Preferred’, ‘Neutral’, and ‘Not-Preferred’. The two end-points may be likened to the Ten Commandments (http://www.10commandmentslist.com/).
In our model here, doing the Do’s is commended and rewarded while ignoring them becomes a sin. Exactly the mirror opposite is true of the Don’ts: Not doing them is rewarded, but doing them is frowned upon and garners sin. Doing the Neutral things at the mid-point earns neither rewards nor sins. Now, ignoring the Preferred or doing the Not-Preferred is not sinful. However, doing the Preferred and avoiding the Not-Preferred do earn rewards.
As alluded to above, there is yet another formula that sits well for the person in search of a serene, normal, balanced, predictable life. This is the partition of ‘Do’s’ into Personal Do’s and Collective Do’s. Thus, for any (each and every) individual living, possessing of sanity, being wakeful, and having the freedom to choose, the former is a personal responsibility and duty: believing in the existence and oneness of God, regular, periodic invocation of the Almighty Creator, dispensing income-based annual alms to the deserving, speaking the truth, being fair and just, etc. On the other hand, the latter is a social or collective responsibility or duty: providing proper burial to a deceased, providing much needed services such as for flood prevention, police duty, ambulance, etc. Thus, when even a single individual makes sure a proper burial gets arranged, the whole society is off the hook. Otherwise, the entire society is in the wrong, negligent and sinful.
Finally, there is a clear demarcation between God’s Rights and Third Party’s Rights. As an individual we may sometimes violate God’s right and turn around and ask for His forgiveness. He may relent. Now, when we willfully hurt a Third Party, defenseless or not, the pursuit of forgiveness is not so easy. Would God forgive over the head of a hurt third party? No. Genuine apology has to be expressed and things have to be mended and restored with the third party before any appeal for forgiveness can be tabled. Besides, all the while a repeat maltreatment of this or another third party in a similar manner will have to be assiduously avoided.
In all this, should one lose sight, good manners are highly integral to everything. Thus, being correct or honest as a person while maintaining a harsh and aloof profile will not do. Similarly, everything goes attitude cannot be allowed to persist. A happy medium on all matters must be targeted and, with God’s permission, achieved.
Clearly, the suggested markers, by streamlining avenues, decluttering choices and establishing a commonality, have life saving, injury avoiding, cost saving, confusion relieving roles.
In the relief that TPTC Way hopes to help each and every visitor to chart, much of choices about action and inaction will be shepherded by the three guidelines described above.