As my father used to say: Water seeks its own level. I never knew what that meant as kid, but what I’ve learned as an adult is that it means if you do the right thing, over a long period, build love and trust with enough people and help make them successful, then you’ll be OK…maybe even better than OK.
Phil Shawe on ethics and karma.
Especially in an age with politics and current events as dark as ours has gotten, as corruption is rewarded and an obstinate refusal to negotiate results in windfall power, it’s important to realize that what you do matters over a long enough time horizon. To act honorably, and to realize that in the end, to quote clergyman Theodore Parker:
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice…
The more famous version of this quote, which Barack Obama cited, and wove into a rug in the Oval Office, is from Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy a palace and Christ a cross, but that same Christ will rise up and split history into A.D. and B.C., so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by his name. Yes, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’
Image Iwan Gabovitch licensed under Creative Commons.