“The way of nature is to change and transform, so that everything will obtain its correct nature and destiny; and the great harmony of natural forces will be self proficient”
(The Book of Changes; Ancient Chinese Classic)
In my initial commentary regarding this quote, I noted that most every aspect of the universe functions so naturally in accord with its respective principle, that the correct nature of almost everything is achieved so naturally as to be predictable.
In my most recent post, I noted that the correct nature of humanity with regards to social relations is an exception to the general principle noted above, in that humanity is free to choose whether or not to so function as to achieve our correct nature.
I further noted that in light of the perpetual state of hostility known to global relations, that it seems to me that humanity is not evolving in such a way as to achieve our correct nature, as the correct nature of most every aspect of the universe leads to a general harmony.
As the correct nature of most every aspect of the universe leads to general harmony, then when humanity transforms so as to achieve our correct nature, then a general global harmony (aka “world peace”) will be experienced.
Humanness and rightness are the correct nature which potentially can and should lead humanity to achieve our correct nature. Humanness is a feeling; rightness is the necessary function in accord with the feeling of humanness.
Humanness is the natural feel of connection with every other aspect of the universe. Unless and until the individual realizes a harmony based upon a relationship with every other aspect of the universe, then humanness will be but a concept rather than an experience. Unless and until the individual accepts the reality that we of humanity are a part of the universe, instead of being apart from the universe, then the feel of connection with all that is will be hindered by our own ignorance. On the other hand, when the individual realizes humanness (jen in Chinese), then rightness is but a natural function based upon the feeling so realized.
Rightness (yi in Chinese) is a sense of obligation which results from the natural feeling of humanness (jen); based upon the reality of the innerconnected nature of all things. This obligation is a self imposed voluntary call of duty to respond in a proper way to anyone and everyone, based upon the principle of reciprocity.
The principle of reciprocity is natural when one feels humanness, yet will only be natural under that specific circumstance. Though similarly stated as the Western “Golden Rule”, the principle of reciprocity, which was taught several hundred years before the time of Jesus of biblical fame in both “THE GREAT LEARNING” and “THE DOCTRINE OF THE MEAN” (Chinese Classics); is a deeper concept than the Christian rule of social conduct. The reason being that the Golden Rule is a code set by an external standard, whereas the principle of reciprocity is but a natural function based upon the actual inner connected relationship of every aspect of the universe.
When the individual realizes humanness, then there is a respect for every aspect of the universe which knows no bounds, for there are no bounds. The universe is one living organism, and when the individual realizes this truth, then there is a natural feeling of connection to all things which renders the principle of reciprocity as merely experiencing life.
When the individual experiences true humanness, then the individual extends the principle of reciprocity to everything and everyone else.
And so the correct nature of the individual has been achieved; not by an experience outside of the self, but rather by merely experiencing the self within the reality that the self is the universe, and the universe is the self.
And thus the correct destiny of the individual is realized on a daily basis.
The great harmony.