Calls To Action For The Survival Of The Human Race

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love; 

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy. 

Grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive, 

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.

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The Eightfold Path of Buddhism

Right understanding: Understanding that the Four Noble Truths: Suffering exists. Suffering arises from attachment to desires. Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases.

Right thought: Determining and resolving to practice the principles of  mindfulness so we behave ethically in this life.

Right speech: Avoiding slander, gossip, lying, and all forms of untrue and abusive speech.

Right conduct: Adhering to the idea of nonviolence (ahimsa), as well as refraining from any form of stealing or sexual impropriety.

Right means of making a living: Not slaughtering animals or working at jobs that force you to violate others.

Right mental attitude or effort: Avoiding negative thoughts and emotions, such as anger and jealousy.

Right mindfulness: Having a clear sense of one’s mental state and bodily health and feelings.

Right concentration: Using meditation to reach the highest level of enlightenment.

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The Golden Rule

The most familiar version of the Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The concept occurs in some form in nearly every religion and ethical tradition. It can also be explained from the perspectives of psychology, philosophy, sociology, human evolution, and economics.

One ethical tradition (outside of a formal religion) which supports the Golden Rule is Humanism.

Humanists try to embrace the moral principle  of the  Golden Rule, also known as the ethic of reciprocity, which means  that people should aim to treat each other as they would like to be treated themselves - with tolerance, consideration and compassion.

Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. It advocates the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice. 

Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values - be they religious, ethical, social, or political - have their source in human experience and culture. 

Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.

“…being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.” Kurt Vonnegut

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