At any given point in time, what is the right thing to do? How does one act? Even if one were to discern the right action in a given context, why is it often so hard to act? I was thinking on these lines and read something that I found to be deeply thought-provoking. Here is the excerpt –
“Stop trying to use your speech to get what you want. You don’t necessarily know what you want. Instead, try to articulate what you believe to be true as carefully as possible. Then accept the outcome. Assume that your truth, as lived and spoken, will produce the best possible outcome. It’s an act of faith. But so is every other way of being”
— Dr. Jordan Peterson
Dr. Peterson is a compelling speaker and appears to be a person with great integrity and intellectual honesty. What I found deeply intriguing about his reflection on using speech has to do primarily with nurturing a genuine intent to choose actions that seek the overall good — something that resonates with Dharma.
This helps one bring about a rather relieving change in the nature of the relationship that one has with one’s personal desires. It is not difficult to notice the fact that personal desires alone are unreliable for a good life. This excerpt points to faith itself as a way of being and faith in what? — In Truth, no longer something abstract or distant.
It appears to begin as a practical act of using discernment and extraordinary vulnerability in our observations and speech in daily living. It can be daunting for it is also a fact that life can be overwhelming and painful — It is, therefore, an act of tremendous courage and forbearance. Perhaps this is what love is.