Goodwill Can Change the World
all familiar with the term “goodwill” and use it in many situations.
Usually when we use the term it conjures up feelings of warmth, love,
acceptance, fair play and a general tone of good relations between people.
It is a term bantered about without much thought given to its true
meaning, usefulness or even greater potential, though.
For, behind this concept of “goodwill” lies a very powerful energy
which goes far beyond our conception of the term and reaches every aspect of
human interaction, as well as our interactions with the other kingdoms in
nature. “Goodwill”, little as
we realize it, is a profound evolutionary directive which underlies all
evolutionary processes and is the basis of the brotherhood and fellowship of all
understand how “goodwill” can be a force for change we must more fully
understand the root words “good” and “will”.
Beginning with goodness, from the time we were born we have been taught
to “be good”-to behave in an appropriate manner, to practice sharing,
kindness, charity, fairness or any of a number of “good” practices.
Some of what passes for goodness is actually social conditioning.
But, behind true goodness there is a core of beliefs which guide us
throughout our days on this Earth. Those
beliefs are very ancient and have been handed down across the globe and the
generations through every society, regardless of cultural differences.
All the great religions of the world teach people how to lead a
“good” life. Our parents,
relatives and the societies in which we live have taught us to do likewise,
though generally in a more secular fashion.
sorts of beliefs are deeply instilled and are, in a sense, burned into our
hearts as a kind of matrix of belief and as a safeguard to ourselves and our
societies. They have their
beginnings in what we know as conscience and a sense of responsibility.
We call these values loosely by the term “ethics” and expect everyone
we encounter to likewise abide by at least a certain modicum of those values.
And, for the most part, people do, no matter from where they are.
and one’s sense of responsibility form the parameters of our conscious minds
in a very real sense. But the
ethics of a person are generally said to spring from the heart, not the head.
Just try to go against one’s beliefs and see what happens.
If our conscience is offended by something we have done or not done then
the resulting sense of guilt can be consuming to the point of wrecking one’s
life. We feel guilt because we feel
a sense of responsibility for our actions when we have done wrong.
That sense of responsibility also begins the process of healing which
eventually “rights” the wrong. Our
minds might give copious reasons as to why we should have offended our ethics in
the first place. But our hearts win
the day eventually. Not even a
computer will do what it is not programmed to do under normal circumstances.
These basic values of goodness, responsibility and conscience form the
basis of our “programming” and of a stable and vibrant society. They also
form the basis of our understanding of goodwill as a force for good.
person or group of people will ever go against their ethic for very long.
Our very lives depend upon these ethics for success and fulfillment.
To grow and prosper as an individual or group we’ve relied upon our
sense of goodness as outlined by our ethics in order to cooperate with each
other and in order to reach our individual and shared goals.
Integrity grows out of this maintaining of values within our shared
endeavors and is a living force which adds to the greater good and even helps us
evolve as a person or species. People
without integrity or a strong sense of ethics do not, in general, last very long
in any society.
people offending the ethics of the society in which they live are eventually
ostracized. This can be likened
to a sick cell or foreign pathogen in the body which is attacked by the immune
system and neutralized. All of us
know what happens if the sick cells or pathogens are allowed full away.
Sickness or even death can result from that.
Our ethics-our sense of goodness-preserves our integrity and is our
immunity against evil or unethical behavior in the world.
History is replete with examples of what happens when social pathogens
are allowed to go about their nefarious business without hindrance. Society invariably suffers or even dies.
But society generally triumphs over such obstacles eventually.
we say the hope of the world’s future lies in our children, what we are really
considering are the concepts just outlined-the instilling of the sense of
responsibility and the conscience in the child from a very early age.
“Show me the child by the age of seven and I will give you the man
[person].” There is very much
truth in that statement, for our most essential values are instilled in us by
that age. And given the fact that
the vast majority of primary caregivers to children of that age are women the
status, well-being and support of women everywhere should be given very
careful and urgent attention and action if true goodwill across the globe is to
be fostered. Women have universally
been said to be ruled more by their hearts than their heads, and much to the
benefit of our children. But, any
man who thinks women to be inferior because of that should re-evaluate his own
thinking on the matter and maybe even his own values.
Children need the goodness and guidance of their fathers, too.
But the first years of life set the tone for the remainder of life for
the most part. Therefore the
influence of women and of the heart should not be underestimated and very
greatly promoted, even above knowledge with respect to children.
two terms “goodness” and “will” cannot, in effect, be separated.
The will of God springs from goodness.
“Will” is essentially volition-that which compels or drives one
forward through space and time. “Goodness” is, in reality, God’s law made manifest.
It is the will of God to manifest that law more perfectly with the
passage of time with the aim of evolving the universe toward some sort of
perfected order. What that order is
or how the universe will appear is beyond our comprehension.
Is it difficult to see, though, although there is imperfection in the
world and rebellion against God’s law in some quarters that ultimately
goodness and order will triumph over chaos and decay?
people may argue the universe to be a chance happening and human consciousness
to be the random firing of neurons in the brain. But physics and science in general show us all more clearly
with each passing year that the cosmos cannot have been a random or chance
event. The mathematics behind all
within creation militates against that view.
The mathematical constants which underlie every construct are too exacting
and too finely interlaced to have occurred chaotically.
It has been said that God geometrizes.
Is it too difficult to believe every creation of nature and humanity
alike has its basis in a profound, precise, but intricate mathematics?
One has only to see fractals on the computer screen, for example, to see
how math can generate form. The
point of this is that order, law and, indeed a wondrous beauty are at the very
heart of God’s creation. The fact
that evolution occurs is beyond dispute. That
everything is evolving toward something greater may still be a question in
some minds. But order,
interdependency, an innate brotherhood and even a spirit of cooperation guide
all within creation. Goodwill is natural law.
will is imponderable, so vast is the concept.
God’s goodness is evidenced all around us, whether or not we see it.
God’s law is the basis for all that exists.
If we are all God’s creations do we not also have our basis in those
same laws? Are humans exempt from Nature or different from it somehow?
If our basis is God’s law are we not all, then, based in goodness?
Can that goodness ever really be stamped out of us?
Even the most reprehensible of people still have some spark of goodness
within them. We may try to overcome
God’s laws for a time. But, as an
example, if we stepped off a cliff we will most surely fall unless we had some
mechanical contrivance to keep us afloat. Eventually
the law of gravitation would bring us back to the earth, whether or not we had
help staying afloat or not. Eventually everything is resolved back into the heart of God
and order is restored.
might say that “goodwill” is God’s edict for human relations and the basis
for those relations. It is an edict
which cannot be enforced, though. Rather,
it comes from the very center of our being and is something which we simply know
has to be right and must be done. One’s
individual pain, whether physical, emotional or mental, may mask over this
essential goodness for a period of time and cause us to behave in a manner
contrary to our deepest truths. The
same is true for groups. In such
cases those of us who can see through to the essential goodness but also
separate out the pain which keeps others from evidencing that goodness owe it to
ourselves and to those others to draw out the goodness and ease the pain.
Thus the greater good is served.
begets light. It takes only a
single, small flame to light an entire hall full of candles. When we evidence goodwill toward another we invoke a like
response within them, whether it shows outwardly immediately or not.
Everything tuned to the same frequency resounds when contacted by
something vibrating to that frequency. We
call this principle “sympathetic vibration”.
But the sympathy so described is no passive concept.
It describes instead a commonality and such commonality can perform
stupendous feats if rightly applied. This
concept of sympathetic vibration is the key to all healing and to the consequent
and requisite destruction of that which is causing injury.
If all souls are one within the heart of God then by drawing out and
evoking in like response the soul of another, then goodwill is multiplied by
the whole question of how goodwill may be used as a force in human relations as
simply as possible we could state the matter thus: Show love to our fellows.
Show that love long enough and the barriers preventing their own love
from showing through eventually crumble and fall.
When they likewise show love to their fellows then a group of great
potency and efficacy is formed. And
where love is, God is surely there as well, for God is love.
This is very definitely a simplistic description, but the point has been
made: have sympathy within an
atmosphere of love, with and for people around you.
If one does not prefer the word “love”, then perhaps some term such
as “high-mindedness”, “compassion”, “beauty” or any of a number of
such terms maybe interposed instead. The
result is the same, nonetheless. Your
goodwill becomes a force with which to be reckoned.
for examples of how goodwill may be used as a force for good, have sympathy for
our children and the children of others. Show
them the ways of conscience, responsibility and high-mindedness.
Most love all; show them all the love you can muster.
You ensure their and your own survival and success by so doing.
Teach young men to be gentle
men and to find strength in that and teach all young people to cooperate.
And in the turbulent adolescent years when rebellion and the pushing of
boundaries is the order of the day let those of us older and hopefully a little
wiser remember we once lived through that age and were once like them and
somehow managed to survive it and come out on the other side as good, well
adjusted adults and thus pass along our wisdom to them.
When evil arises around you, make a stand against it and invoke the
goodness of those around you to bring that negativity down to its proper place
and be resolved.
all, love all; try to see God in all things and everyone around you because when
we see God in others it resounds in us as well. In all situations, sense the
need if there is one, respond in one’s highest ethic and draw out similar
things in those also involved. Though the world seems lost and chaotic at times
and negativity seems so often to win the day there is still order all around
us and supporting us, moving without fail towards restoration, repose and
restitution. Goodwill is a force in
Nature and in human nature. Use and
invoke it wisely to promote goodness, love and God’s Plan for the world and
the force for positive change thus engendered can be powerful beyond