2009-08-15

Harmony 1

In some philosophies, harmony can be a principle in which some suffer and submit to others for the happiness of those others, or in which the absence of violence covers the presence of injustice, or in which the only melody is one which smothers dissonance. But true harmony is something different; full harmony is harmony between each and every part in its own fulfillment and nature and happiness. Harmony is not to suit some at the expense of others; it is the integral happiness of each and every person so that the society is actively bringing about the greatest fulfillment of each and every person, by and through the relations of each and every person to one another. So it is individual and social at the same time. A worked-out best-way-to-live for everyone in light of everyone else. Harmony does not bring the happiness of tyrants or solipsists, which is delusional and imperfect. Through harmony each automatically does what is best for themselves and all others.
 
We can work closer to this in our present form, but its ultimate attainment will require higher capacities. As Henry David Thoreau said, the best government of all, no government at all, is what we will have, when we are ready for it. One higher capacity  required will be higher intelligence, to understand and analyze and imagine the detailed relations, in our complex civilization, between each and every person. The concept, universal fulfillment, is simple, but the practical working-out in the material details of everyday life will be very complex.

Another higher capacity will be the ability to live in accordance with what we know is best for ourselves and everyone else -- not to be short-sighted, instinctive, self-destructive, selfish, unappreciative, settling for lesser things, and so on. We must become physically and spiritually higher beings.

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