Originally yin yang was about BALANCE in the physical world. Later it became a philosophy and went beyond physical and into metaphysics. Corporeal and Spiritual. The good and evil.
Then Yin Yang began to represent the good and bad in every soul. That each of us must maintain this balance as in the physical universe or face chaos. This is where the yin yang does not agree with Universal Stewardship.
Universal Stewardship teaches balance but it does not infer that the good and the bad are equally distributed in the character of a man. Balance is about Prudence. It is about how we make our choices, because choices define our lives.
Yes there is good and bad in all of us. The one we feed will always be stronger than the other. In certain individuals, families or communities evil pervades. Still, the fact of the matter is that there is more good than bad in this universe.
Most of the negative things that happen to us and around us can be attributed to disconnection.
- Poverty: Disconnection certainly creates and maintains poverty.
- Depression: Death of a loved one, family or friend causes disconnection and enhances depression. Disputes and conflicts contributes to disconnection and can lead to depression. Being alone and disconnected from people can cause depression.
- Violence: Physical, emotional or sexual abuse will lead to disconnection.
- Disrespect: Show disrespect and there is almost an instantaneous disconnection.
Every single being has an inherent need to dominate. Survival triggers the need for dominance. The desire for dominance is as strong as the instinct to survive. Although some people have diminished their quest for dominance, most likely due to previous failures at the attempt. But their desire is still there and is only hidden away. Just a little spark will awaken the desire.
Is dominance a bad thin? No. It is not.
When you want to succeed, you want to dominate. When you are in a competition, you want to dominate. When you want to get promoted and improve your earning capacity you want to dominate. Even just to get a piece of the action, you need to dominate. However, dominance must be tempered with the principles and guidelines of Universal Stewardship. Dominance without kindness and respect is the mode of the bully.
What do the religions of the world do to gain more followers? They build on dominance. What do countries do to build their prosperity? They dominate. What do corporations do to corner the market? They negotiate to dominate. Those who can’t dominate on their own, form alliances. Those who realize that dominance is not sustainable learn to cooperate. However, once prosperity is achieved via cooperation or alliance, somehow, greed has its way to bring back dominance to the surface.
The combination of trade, power and influence are the tools in building dominance.
Trading in simply a form of an exchange. Depending on supply and demand, trading will require negotiation and bargaining. Once one side feels that it has the upper hand, then the idea of dominance creeps in. The quest for dominion via trade, power and influence always linger. It never goes away.
Universal Stewardship does not advocate any government or any religion. However, we do insist that government must be kept separate form religions or any ideologies. We ask our followers to do their duty to God and their country and follow the principles and the guidelines of universal stewardship.
The order of things are as follows: God, self, country(tribe),
religion(ideology). Let us not ever forget that. Universal Stewardship
is not about religion or country. It is about God’s creation.
As mentioned by the founder of Universal Stewardship, Franklin H.
Maletsky, “Let there be freedom of religion, but keep religion separate
from government. A country that bows down to the laws of religion will
one day be governed by religion.”
Guilt and Shame are emotions. We need emotion. We are humans. Guilt and Shame are associated with fear. The fear of rejection, the fear of not belonging, the fear of depriving someone or being deprived, the fear of cheating or being cheated by the person we love drives this feeling of guilt and shame.
The need for accountability is strong in humans. Guilt is a personal self-conscious emotion generated from the individual’s thoughts, words, and deeds. Whenever we realize that we knowingly deprived someone who did not deserve deprivation, we feel that we have done something wrong and somehow yearn to have it corrected and this is “guilt” in action.
Shame on the other hand is a self-inflicted emotion. Shame is wake up call. Shame erases vanity. Shame makes an individual focus on himself as a failure (in public). Shame diminishes a person’s self-esteem towards others. Through guilt and shame the spiritual leader was able to build his group of followers.
Why do children feel ashamed? Why do they sometimes feel
uncomfortable to step up and be recognized? Why are some children more
sheepish than others? These behaviors are developed behaviors during the
formative years of the child. It is true that there are children who
are not as aggressive or as outgoing as others. But this has nothing to
do with negative feelings or behaviors that a child has developed. Lack
of discipline and education or too much of both can create these
negative behavior. A child must grow with love, prudence, respect,
kindness, gratitude, apology and forgiveness.
Live like a child. A
child does not think about death. A child looks forward to life.
A child is always
longing to belong, to have friends and to be happy. A child craves to
mature. So grow in prosperity and security. Be mature and embrace the
meaning of maturity.
Do not live in fear of rejection. Share your happiness, prosperity and abundance. Be nice. Be kind. As you exit this corporeal life, leave something behind of yourself for posterity, for others to grow and learn from.
As an adult you will face challenges, defeats, heartaches, betrayal, loneliness, rejection, and bullies who will do their best to deprive, cheat, insult and put you down. But close your eyes, let your mind focus and find that child in you and rise.