Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Thinking about the effects of our work

It will do us all good to remember the principle of "right livelihood". Here's a simple story from the Desert Fathers of early Christian monasticism:
An old man said: I never wanted work that was useful to me but loss to my brother. For I have this expectation, that what helps my brother is fruitful for me.

— Desert Father in Desert Wisdom translated by Yushi Nomura

To Practice This Thought: Make sure that no aspect of your work contributes to the exploitation of another being.
It is very difficult to practice this principle 100% because there is so much exploitation in the world and we are all intricately connected. But we can work toward the ideal of not contributing to the exploitation of others.

I found the above on the Spirituality and Practice site.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:11 AM

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    annie c.


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