When it comes to making decisions we all face the inevitable quandary of what to do in any given situation. We dig deep into our intuitive self hoping for an epiphany or hunch that overwhelms our sensibilities, reassuring our complex reasoning processes. Our minds and emotions become deeply committed to some form of resolution and positive outcome, weighing the pros and cons in order to minimise any fallout that might occur, because let's face it, even though change is essential in our societal evolution, it never happens without some kind of disorientation. Everyday we face a multiplicity of considerations that need to be resolved, from the most basic daily chores to the more complex resolutions of relational interaction and interface.
Reciprocity is the primary currency for all good collective decision making, the practice of exchanging things for mutual benefit in order to create fair and compassionate interchange. In order for this to happen we need to reach outside of our small minded parochialism and consider the greater spirit of cooperative enterprise. What do others think and how can we include their opinions in the process.
‘When you desire something the whole universe conspires to bring it to pass” - Paulo Coelho
When it came to considering the greater good of any important decision the Ancients would say, “It felt good to the HOLY spirit and to us..” ‘Holy' was the universal wisdom of otherness that would interject at any given moment in order to remind our human limitations of a power that resides within, the collective heart of society that demands we seek it out in order to find a more altruistic outcome. When the divine perception that is intrinsically hard wired in every person suddenly takes on an extrinsic collaboration the conclusion of the decision making process becomes a sacred affair. Everything I do affects the world around me, and the decisions I make will sometimes conflict with the public perception of plausible preference. In these times I must let arbitration be my trusty advisor and mediator lest WE forget our responsible place in the matrix of life.
The proverb ‘manners maketh man’ means that politeness and good manners are essential to the well-being of humanity. Could it also be said that that ‘decisions maketh man’ and to the degree that we are polite and respectful of one another, will determine the long term well-being of our human existence?