Charlois Principles

Principle #2 “The presence of a comprehensive Moral Code helps to assure an ordered society.”

     “Then God spoke all these words…” Exodus 20:1

     These words from the Judeo-Christian Scriptures begin, what occurs in many societies, a pronouncement from God of the moral code He desires to govern human interaction.  We do not claim such an event, however we do believe that this code is divinely inspired.

     Looking through many of these codes from history it becomes apparent that they are written in the negative.  It becomes “Thou shalt not…” whatever it is expected we abstain from.  This may control the population to a certain extent however it has been said, “the only way for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing.” With that idea in mind, we believe it would be better to inspire the population to do good than to control them by limiting their behavior.  ergo, it is with that guidance that the following ten items are written in positive language.

     The code which follows comes from a selection of codes from many societies.  While not exhaustive it does include enough to make it inspirational in nature.

  1. Practice mutual respect.

Mutual respect is the foundation upon which great relationships are built.  By practicing respect, the underlying fear that each other might be taken advantage of is removed thus allowing for growth of a synergistic relationship.

2)Practice life giving habits.

     Most moral codes have the provision of do no harm or thou shall not kill.  While these account for some stability within a society, they do not necessarily bring about good will.  Whereas do good to others builds in an atmosphere of reciprocity, with both parties trying to supersede the other in kindness.         

3) Practice compassionate honesty.

     Being honest is crucial if a society is to flourish, however, pure honesty can be harmful in some instances.  By adding compassion to our honesty has the ability to say the truth in a loving manner.   

4) Practice respect for others property.

     When we practice respect for others property, we care for it as if it is our own without taking away the value of ownership held by our peers.  When this is done an attitude of sharing arises, benefiting everyone.

5) Practice appropriate intimate relationships.

     Intimacy is one of those practices that can bring a deeper, more loving relationship, but it needs to be practiced in appropriate settings where there is already a growing bond.  To do otherwise has the potential to bring about harm, even if unintentional.

6) Practice charity

     The act of giving of one’s self and possessions in a sacrificial manner sends the message, “you are valued.”  This is something that many need to hear.  We sometimes fall prey to bad times and we feel no one cares.  Charity quashes that or at least lessens the blow.

7) Practice simplicity.

     By practicing the simple life, a person removes greed from the equation of life.  By living within ones means a whole world of contentment opens up bringing about happiness.

8 Practice justice.

     The need for justice in our world is paramount.  Without justice our societies collapse and we become a people believing an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth no longer satisfies the urge for revenge. 

9) Practice mercy.

     Seek mercy in all encounters because without it anger takes the upper hand.  Do unto others has us seeking a more loving way of being in relationship.

10) Practice humility.

     With humility a person no longer is driven to outdo others.  It is taking appropriate pride in one’s accomplishments without thinking too highly of self.

     These 10 when practiced faithfully will go to great lengths in alleviating the evil in the World and fostering good will among all peoples.

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