Caring Beneficently

by Christopher Lovejoy on September 1, 2013

Beneficence is far more basic and much more necessary than generosity ever could be. If beneficence is being good for the sake of doing good, generosity is merely about doing more good than is necessary.

Sadly, generosity does not always express or follow in the wake of beneficence; people can appear to be generous, but deep down care little or not at all about the objects and subjects of their generosity.

How do we expose attempts to curry favor or manipulate others into compliance through generosity?

Consider this simple equation:

caring beneficently + giving generously = living honorably

As a witness to caring and sharing, giving and receiving, this is the equalization that I recognize.

Tao Te Ching, Verse 53

We live in troubled times, where the gap between rich and poor has grown by leaps and bounds in keeping with a hidden, privately funded global de-population and eugenics agenda.

The private interests that steer their institutions, corporations, and so-called governments (which are corporate entities in disguise serving these private interests) continue to consolidate their power.

For them, the ultimate prize is total control of the world’s resources, their markets, and the means by which these resources (both material and human) are utilized and distributed throughout the world.

Unfortunately, a growing awareness of this plight has done little if anything to put the brakes on it.

In the grips of a collective inertia that hardly anyone wishes to address, we have a situation where those who are too much in their heads are all talk and no action and where those who bleed from the heart can do little except spread the light of hope and faith while hiding behind a cloak of unity. The rest are either too full of themselves to care or too drunk with ill-gotten power to even notice a problem.

Pathetic beyond belief are the words I would use to describe the current state of humanity.

Having said this, I am also blessed to recognize and appreciate the many daily acts of kindness and caring that individuals from all walks of life do express and are still capable of expressing.

If I have even just a little sense,
I should walk in the Great Way,
and my only fear would be straying.

The Great Way is smooth and straight,
and yet the people prefer devious paths.
This is why the court is corrupt, the fields
lie in waste, and the granaries are empty.

Dressing magnificently, wearing a sharp sword,
stuffing themselves with food and drink,
amassing wealth to the extent of not knowing
what to do with it all, is like being a robber.

I say this pomp at the expense of others
is like the boasting of thieves after a looting.

This is not the Tao.

Edited slightly to enhance flow and to reflect more inclusive language

Ref: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

Even 2,500 years ago, a tiny privileged minority of humanity could have their way and lose the Way.

So little has changed since then. Same old, same old.

My Impressions of the Verse

Knowing the extent of the problem as deeply and as fully as I do, this verse comes off sounding insipid.

For one thing, it’s too nice, too forgiving. For another, it doesn’t capture the full extent of the corruption.

I can, however, appreciate what it attempts to do, even if it ends on a weak note, with a terse negative.

If I have even just a little sense,
I should walk in the Great Way,
and my only fear would be straying.

Most have a sense of what is required in relation to one another.

Most possess an inherent sense of rightness, an intuitive knowingness of what feels real and true, good and right, even if they remain averse to speaking and discerning in terms of separation, in terms of what is real and fake, true and false, good and bad, right and wrong.

The Great Way is smooth and straight,
and yet the people prefer devious paths.
This is why the court is corrupt, the fields
lie in waste, and the granaries are empty.

Mixing 3D animal instincts with 4D heart and 5D spirit has its pitfalls, as does mixing fear and pleasure for some high octane excitement. The consequences of straying are everywhere apparent.

Dressing magnificently, wearing a sharp sword,
stuffing themselves with food and drink,
amassing wealth to the extent of not knowing
what to do with it all, is like being a robber.

Today, it’s much worse than this.

A global wealthy elite operating in the shadows do know what to do with it all, but their sycophantic followers have turned blind eyes and deaf ears to their corruption lest they lose their precious privileges and polished images. Caught in a web of deception, they’ve become awfully good at smugly pretending that “it’s all good” and that “all is well”, except when it isn’t, but “let us not even go there, shall we?”.

I say this pomp at the expense of others
is like the boasting of thieves after a looting.

This is not the Tao.

I’m reminded of the laughing executives in their crystal palace raising a mock toast to the Occupy Wall Street “we are the 99%” crowds below.

Implications for Personal Fulfillment

Fortunately for us, we can turn to the literature on NDEs for both consolation and cultivation.

Lessons from the Light point to one unmistakable conclusion: beneficence counts for more in this world than you can possibly imagine.

The sheer weight of evidence for this conclusion comes from multiple sources: comprehensive life reviews, conversations with Light Beings, and radical changes in lifestyle that occur afterward.

In a life review, we get to feel everything we felt during a lifetime of experience, everything that others felt as a result of our words and deeds, as well as everything felt by those affected by those we affected.

In short, we feel the pain we inflicted on others, knowingly or unknowingly, as well as the joy and pleasure we produced for others.

Conversations with Light Beings (our own or others) can be brief and to the point or they can be deep and extensive, which include startling answers to the Big Questions.

Radical changes in lifestyle that occur in the wake of a lucid death experience include transforming from a demanding, controlling money grubber into an empathetic and nurturing counsellor.

The souls who benefit from one or more of these experiences are changed forever. At a visceral level, their appreciation of beneficence is forever deepened, heightened, and broadened.

This same appreciation is possible to those who read about these experiences with a sincere intention to absorb them honestly.

By honoring these stories from the Other Side and by living the Equation of Honor, we can more easily extend compassion to those who think, rather stupidly, that “he who dies with the most toys wins”.

Next up: To the Tao be True (Living as if Your Life Makes a Difference)

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