The Natural Aversions :
1. We of humanity have a natural aversion to our own discomfort on all levels..
2. We of humanity have a natural aversion to the discomfort of others on all levels.
Our every thought and deed address our natural aversion to discomfort. So preoccupied are we with our own personal comfort that a pebble in our shoe or a speck of dust in our eye will consume our thoughts until we act to remove the pebble or wash out the speck of dust. We are naturally preoccupied with our own comfort, and we simply cannot experience peace of mind so long as we have to endure discomfort in any way. A foul odor must be eliminated or avoided. We dress so as to be comfortable with relation to the climate. We spice food to suit our taste. Indeed we of humanity have such a natural aversion to discomfort that our every thought and deed are towards establishing our own personal comfort. Bodily comfort and peace of mind being our naturally desired state, then it is clearly towards those ends that our thoughts are consumed and our actions are exerted.
Although we of humanity are indeed preoccupied with our own comfort, we likewise have a natural aversion of the discomfort of others as well. No one can be comfortable while hearing an animal in pain,or while witnessing a person break down and cry. In fact the suffering of others is yet another source of our own personal discomfort. So natural is our aversion to the discomfort of another that when we witness such, we become naturally preoccupied towards the ends of eliminating the suffering at hand. And so it is that we are as naturally preoccupied with establishing the comfort of others as we are with our own comfort zone.
The General Applications:
The natural aversion of humanity to our own discomfort, and towards the discomfort of others leads me to the following thoughts:
1. Being self-centered is not a sin; but a natural way of being.
2. Being sensitive to the suffering of others is as natural as being preoccupied with our own concerns.
3. The source of all written “do’s and don’ts” and “thou shalts and thou shalt nots” related to ethics and morals was inspired by the natural goodness of humanity rather than by a supernatural moralist.
4. Genuine goodness is derived from within; rather than driven in from without.
5. If we of humanity will but follow the the natural goodness which is derived from within; then natural goodness will follow.
6. The cultivation of our genuine goodness is the most natural of all experiences, and is the most noble of all endeavors.