A Truly Good Life

May 23rd, 2012

This is the third part in a series on living a good, true and beautiful life. What is goodness? Is it separate from truth and beauty? Is it just good for you or others as well?  MLK put it like this-

I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. We are interdependent.

What’s good for the bee is always good for the hive. When the hive is strong, the bees thrive. The whole thrives when all the parts are buzzing along in harmony. At the same time, each good life strengthens the whole. The bottom line is to bee the change and the hive will thrive.

Gandhi put a positive spin on the connection between personal truth and the whole,

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Service is an awesome way to express beauty and truth. This story makes the point-

A young boy was taking piano lessons. His mother rewarded him by taking him to hear a concert pianist. On the way to their seats, the boy spotted the piano on stage and slipped away from his Mom. The mother sat down and was horrified to see her son sitting at the Steinway grand piano on stage. The crowd laughed nervously as he began to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” When the boy realized there was a huge crowd listening to him he became nervous and started missing notes.

At that moment, the concert pianist entered the stage. He whispered in the boy’s ear, “Keep playing. We will play together.” He reached over and began playing harmonies on either side of the boy’s one fingered Twinkle Twinkle. Everyone, including the boy, was captivated.

This is the good life in action. As Aesop said,

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Bring all three together; truth, goodness and beauty. Knowledge is good, but the wisdom that leads to kindness is even better. Doing good is good, but doing good because of a deep desire for the good of all is better.

Living a truly beautiful and good life is your agreement with all beings. The agreement includes a gratitude clause for those who came before you, a mindfulness clause towards those who will follow you and a responsibility clause to all who share space in this universe. It’s signed with the blood, sweat and tears of your best efforts. It’s binding in the sense that you have to live with your choices, as does the whole hive.

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  3. David says:

    Very good series. I love the way that all of the world’s great teachers all offer the same message. When will we in the West get over our phobia of anything that we did not originate. or anything that comes from the East?

  4. Baby knowledge says:

    “What is good for the bee is always good for the hive”. I love this quote and for me it quite simply translates into what is good for your kids is good for your home; health, happiness, kindness, confidence and encouragemen,  we can all be the concert pianist to our children’s one fingered playing. We can and should always be aexample of the good life in action. 

  5. Sasha says:

    Awesome.  I love ur writing, reading it makes me feel 
    So at peace! 

  6. ian says:

    thanks Sasha. :)

  7. baby knowledge says:

    So so sorry.please delete this link as well. I have read these posts again and I absolutely love them but I have been told I must do all I can to delete all links before a certain date.  Mmany many thanks for your understanding