by Steve Cook
There’s a moral code I try to live by called The Way to Happiness, which you can find here: www.twth.org
I don’t say a lot about it as a rule as it’s a personal thing that works well for me and others can find what works for them.
From memory I think to date I’ve only featured one of its precepts (Support a Government Designed and Run for all the People) in an article as it seemed to me germane to what was happening at the time and worth looking over. You can find that article, by Kieron McFadden, here https://ukreloaded.com/a-government-designed-and-run-for-all-the-people-as-soon-as-well-have-one-well-all-support-it/
Today, about 18 months on, I’d like to feature another of its precepts because it seems in my opinion to be apt in the context of what we are facing today.
Check it out and form your own opinions. If it helps at all, even just a bit, then I’ll consider featuring it to have been worthwhile.
The following, then is a quote in full of the precept Flourish and Prosper, which you can find here: https://www.thewaytohappiness.org/thewaytohappiness/precepts/flourish-and-prosper.html
“Sometimes others seek to crush one down, to make nothing out of one’s hopes and dreams, one’s future and oneself.
By ridicule and many other means, another who is evil-intentioned toward one can try to bring about one’s decline.
For whatever reason, efforts to improve oneself, to become happier in life, can become the subject of attacks.
It is sometimes necessary to handle such directly. But there is a long-range handling that seldom fails.
What, exactly, are such people trying to do to one? They are trying to reduce one downward.
They must conceive that one is dangerous to them in some way: that if one got up in the world, one could be a menace to them. So, in various ways, such seek to depress one’s talents and capabilities.
Some madmen even have a general plan that goes like this: “If A becomes more successful, A could be a menace to me; therefore I must do all I can to make A less successful.” It never seems to occur to such that their actions might make an enemy out of A even though he was no enemy before. It can be classed as an almost certain way for such madmen to get into trouble. Some do it just from prejudice or because they “don’t like someone.”
But however it is attempted, the real object of such is to make their target grow less and fail in life.
The real handling of such a situation and such people, the real way to defeat them is to flourish and prosper.
Oh, yes, it is true that such people, seeing one improve his lot, can become frantic and attack all the harder. The thing to do is handle them if one must but don’t give up flourishing and prospering, for that is what such people want you to do.
If you flourish and prosper more and more, such people go into apathy about it: they can give it up completely.
If one’s aims in life are worthwhile, if one carries them out with some attention to the precepts in this book, if one flourishes and prospers, one certainly will wind up the victor. And, hopefully, without harming a single hair on their heads.
And that is my wish for you:
flourish and prosper!”
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