doing good to others is not an obligation; it’s a pleasure

The Chinese philosopher Confucius, who lived over five-hundred years before Jesus of Nazareth, once said, “To be wronged or robbed is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” It would behoove one to neglect the wrongful accusations made against them. Is it too much to ask that we briefly stride in reverse, realign our minds, perceive humanity with a lens never worn? Being perplexed and uncomfortable is beneficial; it is what enforces continued education. It has been said that the principal behavior trait of people who suffer from hypertension is resentment. What is the purpose of life if we are not to analyze and bring about contemporary outlooks and contemplations? Would it not behoove us to seek a nobler life for ourselves, instead of degrading others? Confucius said, “An angry person is always full of poison.” Approximately two hundred years later, Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, said “The ideal person takes joy in doing favors for others.”

It is virtually unviable to expect for religions to transform when its spectators have been engrained with distorted perceptions of dogma for thousands of years. Perhaps, what is viable, are new brainwaves that can illuminate what we presume about the veracity of scripture in the modern-day. People will always be pessimistic and cynical towards us. It is human nature. The challenge is to break the nature embedded in us through our bravery. People will always be doubters. Perhaps, skeptics are not conducting malicious behavior. It is conventional for people to doubt and spread things that are not true. They pounce on the external, neglecting their chosen prey’s initial virtuous intentions, and, propagate wicked blather amongst them into the ether. It was Marcus Aurelius, the last honorable sovereign of the Roman empire, who proclaimed, “I wouldn’t be surprised or disturbed, for I couldn’t imagine a world without such people.” Perhaps, it is healthier to be in solitude then to be in bad company.

To all the rumormongers of the world who perpetrate untruthful gossip, there is a message for them, as well as a message for the spirits who possess good intentions, who are struck with rumors, disseminated by people who contain a green-eye for the triumphs of the virtuous. This message is from the Holy Quran, Light 24:11, “A gang among you produced a big lie. Do not think that it was bad for you. Meanwhile, each one of them has earned his share of the guilt. As for the one who initiated the whole incident, he has incurred a terrible retribution.” The wise will unconsciously be competent in comprehending that they have no time to quarrel for the rumors spread about them from the green-eyed. No soul can influence them to descend to their degree of malevolence. The virtuous will permit the envious to envy; they will love thy enemy, pray for them, and move forward.

It was the messiah, exorcist and miracle worker, Jesus Christ of Palestine, who said “Forgive seventy times seven” and “He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it.” Five hundred years before Jesus, the Greeks proclaimed that “The best things in life are the most difficult.” The Austrian psychiatrist, Dr. Alfred Adler, declared at the turn of the 20th Century, “Try to think every day how you can please someone.” It would behoove us to believe that Dr. Adler was referring to the implementation of a good deed. In the seventh century, a forty-year-old merchant from Mecca was summoned to the kingdom of heaven above the seventh universe, where the divine scripture, the Holy Quran, was instilled in his soul. The name of that merchant from Mecca was Prophet Muhammad, who proclaimed the finest definition of a good deed, “A good deed is one that brings an expression of happiness on the face of another.” Aristotle proclaimed it as “enlightened selfishness.” Over two-thousand five-hundred years ago, prior to the times of Jesus, Aristotle, Confucius, and Muhammad, lived the Persian Prophet Zoroaster, who preached the religion of Zoroastrianism; first monotheistic creed of planet earth to believe in one deity. It was Prophet Zoroaster who famously said, “Doing good to others is not an obligation; it is a pleasure, for, it expands our welfare and enhances our glee.” The furthermost significant mission of dogma will always be human compassion; to love thy neighbor.

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