It is not always easy to be honorable in a world that seems so unfair. We encounter situations that often initiate memories, conditioned behavior and fear. We usually become lost and confused in a dense fog consisting of thoughts and emotions. The problem is that many times we do not realize how a given situation is affecting us, nonetheless why. The steady pulsating energy of life consciousness however can still be sensed in the background of our activities.
The mind is very dominating and reactions based solely on conditioning and unconsciousness usually are not pure and uncontaminated. A person can feel the nature flow of life manifesting through our body and all objects. We could say that this, in its essence, allows us to respond to life (nature) in an honorable manner. This should be the natural harmony established between an object and life.
However what usually happens in situations? We generally “react” from conditioned thought and emotional factors instead of “responding” from within the flow of life. This is a conscious energy field without the need for interpretation or definition. We can contemplatively consider that everything has the purity of conscious nature within it. Everything “is” and then somehow it becomes scrutinized by mind behavior. We judge, interpret and define, this has always been our “human” nature. It becomes very difficult to maintain an honorable rapport with life on a conscious level.
Was it these conditioned behavioral tendencies that initiated friction and separation in our relationship to the purity of life and consciousness? Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778) wrote that humankind is naturally good but eventually corrupted by society. I have not read any of these written works extensively but feel the motive for much of his writing was politically oriented. However he also shares insight relating to conscious awareness in our species. His ideas offer stepping stones on the journey of personal and collective spiritual development.
Rousseau says that human-made evil is separate from divine providence. “Enquire no longer, man is the author of evil; behold him in yourself. There exists no other evil in nature than what you either do or suffer… in the system of nature I see an established order which is never disturbed.”
Therefore man needs to harmonize with nature, not against it. Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote in his dissertation:
“…man is discontented with anything in its natural state and claims that everything degenerates in his hand… “…he mutilates his dogs, his horses and his slaves; he defaces, he confounds.”
This could suggest that, although we attempt to be honorable, we disregard the nature of life and fall victim to personal and social influences. Furthermore Rousseau wrote that:
“Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.”
P.S. This article offers a sneak peek into the content of my third book that will be published at end of 2017. I have also included information from Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy about Jean-Jacques Rousseau at the attached link: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rousseau/