Mysterium der Goldenen Blume
Gemalt von Jungs unbekannter Patientin, vor 1929
Zitate zum Thema Güte / Gentleness
Doch liebt eure Feinde, und tut Gutes, und leiht, ohne etwas wieder zu erhoffen! Und euer Lohn wird groß sein, und ihr werdet Söhne des Höchsten sein; denn er ist gütig gegen die Undankbaren und Bösen. Lukas 6, 35 (NT)
- Sei gütig, denn alle Menschen, denen du begegnest, kämpfen einen schweren Kampf. Platon (427-347 v. Chr.) vorchristlicher altgriechischer Philosoph, Begründer der abendländischen Philosophie, Quelle unbekannt
- Der edle Mensch hilft seinen Mitmenschen, das Gute in ihnen zur Reife zu bringen, nicht aber das Schlechte. Der niedrig Gesinnte tut das Gegenteil. Konfuzius (551-479 v. Chr.) chinesischer Weiser, Sozialphilosoph, Stifter der chinesischen Staatsreligion, Förderer des Sinns allen Wissens und Lernens in der sittlichen Vollkommenheit, Gespräche des Konfuzius [Lun yu], 475 v. Chr.-220 n. Chr.
- Unsere Nächstenliebe wird durch die Massen der Nächsten, das Allzunahe, so verdünnt, dass sie schließlich nicht einmal mehr in Spuren nachweisbar ist. Wer überhaupt noch herzliche und mitfühlende Gefühle für Mitmenschen aufbringen will, muss sie auf eine geringe Zahl von Freunden konzentrieren, denn wir sind nicht so beschaffen, dass wir alle Menschen lieben können, so richtig und ethisch die Forderunges ist, dies zu tun. wir müssen also eine Auswahl treffen, das heißt, wir müssen uns so manche andere Menschen, die unserer Freundschaft gewiss ebenso würdig wären, gefühlsmäßig 'vom Leibe halten'. [...] Diesem für keinen von uns ganz vermeidbarem Verfahren haftet aber ein böser Hauch von Unmenschlichkeit [Gefühlsverflachung / Teilnahmslosigkeit] an. [...] Je weiter die Vermassung geht, desto dringender wird für den Einzelnen die Notwendigkeit 'not to get involved', und so können heute gerade in den größeren Großstädten Raub, Mord und Vergewaltigung bei hellem Tage und auf dicht belebten Straßen vor sich gehen, ohne dass ein 'Passant' einschreitet. Prof. Dr. Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989) österreichischer Professor für Psychologie, Zoologe, Tierpsychologe, Hauptvertreter der klassischen vergleichenden Verhaltensforschung (Ethologie), Nobelpreisträger für Physiologie oder Medizin, 1973, Die acht Todsünden der zivilisierten Menschheit, Kapitel "Überbevölkerung", Piper Verlag, München, 1. Auflage 1973, 29. Auflage 2002, 34. Auflage 2009
- Der allzu große Eifer im Guten kann zu allen Zeiten das Gute hindern und das Böse befördern. Johann Peter Hebel (1760-1826) deutschsprachiger Dichter aus Südbaden, evangelischer Theologe, Pädagoge, Quelle unbekannt
- Meine Großzügigkeit ist so grenzenlos wie das Meer.
Meine Liebe ist so tief: je mehr ich Dir gebe, desto mehr habe ich, denn beides ist unendlich.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) englischer Schauspieler, Theaterleiter, Bühnendichter, Dramatiker, Lyriker, August Wilhelm Schlegel, Johann Friedrich Unger, deutsche Übersetzer, Tragödie Romeo und Julia, 1595, Erstdruck 1599, Berlin, 1797
I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. Jesus Matthew 5, 44 (NT)
Why do you call me good? There is no one who is good except the one God. Jesus, Mark 10, 18 (NT)
In everything God works for good with those who love him. Romans 8, 28 (NT)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and wreceived and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and ythe God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4, 8 (NT)
80-year-old former president Mujica earned a monthly salary of $12,500. He kept only $1,250 for himself and donated the rest of 90% to charity. His VW car was valued at $1,945. His farmhouse in Montevideo belongs to his wife senator Lucía Topolansky, who also donates part of her salary.
- I do fine with that amount [$1,250 a month];
I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less.
Interview with José Mujica [Most generous, poorest president] (*1935) Uruguayan president (2010-2015), minister of livestock, agriculture and fisheries (2005-2008), senator, guerilla leader fighting against Uruguay's military regimes (1970s), cited in: El Mundo, Spanish newspaper, ~May 2012, 'Poorest' president in the world donates 90% of salary to charity, presented by Univision News, 6. June 2012
- Do all the good you can,
In all the ways you can,
To all the People you can,
In every place you can,
At all the times you can,
As long as ever you can.
Attributed to John Wesley (1703-1791) British Anglican cleric, Christian theologian, founder of Methodism
- The Internet is a challenge for everyone who wants to have power. The Internet is a challenge for the formation of power.
➤ any expert is in question,
➤ any gatekeeper is in question, whenever a person wants to keep a powerful position because
the possibilities to circumvent, to go around, are quite high.
I cannot be powerful in the net just by will. I can only be powerful by perfection
. It's a matter of empathy
, not a matter of trivial power. Video interview with Peter Kruse, Ph.D. (1955-2015) German psychologist, expert in complexity processing in intelligent networks, CEO of Nextpractice, management consultant, The Network is Challenging Us_06_a threat for existing systems.mp4, YouTube film, minute 0:17-end, 2:22 minutes duration, posted 9. April 2010
- "Oscar Schindler" argument [Paraphrased]: Enslaving children to work in a munitions plant for my profit is better than just letting them be murdered.
- ""Temple Grandin" argument [Paraphrased]: I love cows and am deeply sensitive to the pain they feel. Therefore, I will redesign slaughterhouses in a way that reduces their fear and pain. I will sell this to the slaughterhouse owners because calm docile cows are easier and cheaper to slaughter than panicked ones.
- A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. Desmond Tutu (*1931) South African anti-apartheid activist, first black archbishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1984, No Future Without Forgiveness, 1999
- Africans have a thing called "ubuntu". It is about the essence of being human, it is part of the gift that Africa will give the world. It embraces hospitality, caring about others, being willing to go the extra mile for the sake of another. We believe that a person is a person through other persons, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours. When I dehumanize you, I inexorably dehumanize myself. The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms. Therefore you seek to work for the common good because your humanity comes into its own in community, in belonging. Desmond Tutu (*1931) South African anti-apartheid activist, first black archbishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1984
- Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) US American Baptist minister, activist, leader of the African American civil rights movement, unsourced
Altruism research: The new science of altruism and the physiological underpinnings of compassion is finally catching up with Darwin’s observations nearly 130 years ago, that sympathy is [humanity's] strongest instinct. Dacher Keltner, Ph.D. (*1962) US American professor of psychology, University of California, Berkeley, altruism researcher, director of the Greater Good Science Center, author, cited in: 'Survival of the Kindest' – Sympathy is Strongest Human Instinct, 9. December 2009
Men are a profoundly social and caring species.
- For firstly, the social instincts lead an animal to take pleasure in the society of his fellows, to feel a certain amount of sympathy with them, and to perform various services for them. […] Such actions as the above appear to be the simple result of the greater strength of the social or maternal instincts than that of any other instinct or motive; for they are performed too instantaneously for reflection, or for pleasure or even misery might be felt. In a timid man, on the other hand, the instinct of self-preservation might be so strong, that he would be unable to force himself to run any such risk, perhaps not even for his own child. Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English naturalist, author of the biological theory of evolution, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, 1871
- There's a patriarchical so-called notion of care, which is care as self-sacrifice and selflessness.
And there's a democratic notion of care, which is: To care is to be present, it's to have a voice, it's to be in relationship. Video presentation by and Q&A with Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. webster.edu (*1936) US American professor of gender studies, psychologist, feminist, ethicist (community, relationships), writer, Learning to See in the Dark: The Roots of Ethical Resistance, sponsored by The Dalai Lama Center For Ethics and Transformative Values and MIT World, minute 50:20, 1:10:34 duration, recorded 24. April 2009, uploaded 23. December 2011
- To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control. Martha Nussbaum, Ph.D. (*1947) US American law and ancient Greek/Roman philosophy professor, University of Chicago, specialized in political philosophy, feminism, ethics, animal rights, author, cited in: Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How to Live with Our Human Fragility, presented by the free weekly digest Brain Pickings, host Maria Popova (*1984) Bulgarian critic, blogger, writer, 14. March 2014
- The good life is not about looking good, feeling good, or having the goods. It's about being good and doing good. Significance in life doesn't come from status, sex, salary. It comes from serving. It is In giving our lives away we find meaning, we find significance. Video presentation by Father Rick Warren (*1954) US American evangelical Christian minister, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California, philanthropist, bestselling author, Living a life of purpose, presented by TED Talks, 2006, YouTube film, minute 11:22, 21:48 minutes duration, posted 15. April 2008
- [The 'problem of altruism' is] a shocking attempt to ensnare us all in a pseudoscientific set of rules compounded of obsolete genetics and cynical interpretation of social realations. James C. King, US American biologist, University of New York, source unknown
- Love the earth and sun and the animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others,
Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people.
Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown,
or to any man or number of men,
Go freely with powerful uneducated persons,
And with the young, and with the mothers or families.
Re-examine all you have been told
in school or church or in any book,
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul;
And your very flesh shall be a great poem…
And have the richest fluency, not only in its words,
But in the silent lines of its lips and face,
And between the lashes of your eyes,
and In every motion and joint of your body.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) US American Quaker, journalist, poet, essayist, Leaves of Grass, 4. July 1855
Quotes by David R. Hawkins
The leap from self-interest to altruism at the threshold of integrity
- Life in its beginning is selfish. The core of that life energy is survival. In order to survive it has to get. The core of the ego is to get because it doesn’t have a source of energy within itself. The quality of the ego is primarily self-interest, up to consciousness level 200. At 200 there is a major change from selfishness to altruism. Interview with Dr. David R. Hawkins, Power vs. Force, presented by US magazine In Light Times, Kathryn M. Brinkley, November 2004
- Actually, there is only ONE variable. This can be either present or absent. You can be pro something without hating those who aren't. Goodness is either present, or not (as opposed to saying that good and evil exist). There is only good or its absence. There is the presence or the absence of light, not light and dark. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Houston Seminar The Realization of the Presence of God, Unity Church, Texas, 11. October 2003
Englische Texte – English section on Benevolence and gentleness
Integrative thinking – Daniel Pink
| Right-brained qualities and expressions|
|1.|| Design||Superseding function(ionality) to engage in patterns and senses. |
Design is a whole-minded skill, engineering and aesthetics.
|2.|| Story||Conveying ideas and promoting products and services works better by narratives, not |
just by arguments. Facts are less valuable since anyone can google them on the Internet. Commercials and movies tell stories, give series of episodes, which deliver facts with impact. Story is more effective because that is how humans operate. Communication counts, saying things well is a valued skill.
|3.|| Symphony||Ability to see the big picture thinking (not just detail focus), adding invention (creativity). Seeing the big picture, filtering out meaningful currents from the host of information, combining two things into something new. The challenge is to team-teaching and to unleash and see the practicality of multi- and interdisciplinary approaches that combine e.g. biology and philosophy. Abstract abilities, like literacy or numeracy, become feasible given the proper environment, context, setting.||Minute 45:40|
|4.|| Empathy||Superseding logic and engaging in feeling and intuition.|| |
|5.|| Play||Bringing humor and light-heartedness to work, business and products.|| |
|6.|| Meaning||Context, significance, immaterial abstract feelings and values and impact of situations, |
people and products.
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- Video presentation by Father Rick Warren purposedrivenlife.com (*1954) US American evangelical Christian minister, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California, philanthropist, bestselling author, Living a life of purpose, presented by TED Talks, recorded 2006, YouTube film, 21:48 minutes duration, posted 15. April 2008
- Audio interview with Dacher Keltner, Ph.D. (*1962) US American professor of psychology, University of California, Berkeley, director of the Greater Good Science Center, author, Survival of the Kindest, presented by the Canadian web radio station CBC Radio Tapestry, host Mary Hynes, Canadian journalist, 54:01 minutes duration, aired 28. February 2010, and 30. January 2011
As a researcher of human emotion Keltner is turning the negative Hobbesian view of human nature ["Life is nasty, brutish, and short."].