Why Can’t People Just Be Decent?

This quote below by Chogyam Trungpa sums up what really bothers me about the current governmental crisis in the USA.

“If you are a warrior, decency means that you are not cheating anybody at all. You are not even about to cheat anybody. There is a sense of straightforwardness and simplicity. With setting-sun vision, or vision based on cowardice, straightforwardness is always a problem. If people have some story or news to tell somebody else, first of all they are either excited or disappointed. Then they begin to figure out how to tell their news. They develop a plan, which leads them completely away from simply telling it. By the time a person hears the news, it is not news at all, but opinion. It becomes a message of some kind, rather than fresh, straightforward news. Decency is the absence of strategy. It is of utmost importance to realize that the warrior’s approach should be simple-minded sometimes, very simple and straightforward. That makes it very beautiful: you having nothing up your sleeve; therefore a sense of genuineness comes through. That is decency.”

Most people dislike it when a “spin” is put on any bit of news. And this quote explains why. It is just not decent to put a bias on what IS. But it is a very human tendency to add Story on top of Facts. We all do it to some degree. Seeing that we are doing it is the first step to cutting back on the habit.

There’s this awesome pyramid chart that feels related to this topic. The closer to the top of the pyramid, the more “decent” you are being.

What do you think?






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