“do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” (credit for quote is unclear)
this sounds like a good mantra for one’s life. it would seem that it would bring satisfaction and accomplishment to someone invested in its mission. it would seem that it would create joy for others. it would seem that, were everyone to simply live by this precept, the world could actually be a place of peace.
but people are not infallible and personal agendas reign over the collective. competition is fierce and the caste system hasn’t vaporized. people keep score and vindication is a driving force. people are self-serving and power-controlling and will knock those down in the way.
children are not born with the desire to exploit others or minimalize or marginize them. they are not born with hatred in their hearts. children are born with the ability to embrace all, include all. they are not born with a scorecard in their hands. they are born with the generosity of innocence. they are not born with fear of places and peoples different than them. they learn that.
we can teach our children to play nice. but we need model it first. we need do all we can.
ALL YOU CAN from AS IT IS ©️ 2004 kerri sherwood