The Principles Explained (continued)
We must realize that we are not alone in this life, that there are powers far beyond our understanding, and that there is a purpose to existence. It does not matter if we call this being, or these powers, God, Christ, The Great Spirit, or Brahma. It does matter that we believe in something greater than ourselves and that we maintain that faith even in the face of pain, doubt, and disappointment. In the Eastern translation, the word used for this principle is trustworthiness. This may sound like a disparity, but it really isn't. For as we learn to trust in the meaning of our lives and the powers that exist around us, we glimpse the power in ourselves. We realize that we have something very special inside of us and we honor that through faith and belief in ourselves. We extend that faith and belief to our family and friends through the traits of trustworthiness: steadfastness, reliability and righteousness.
We must live our lives according to our beliefs. It is not good to believe in truth or honesty and then lie about a product at work because it's more convenient or a way to make more money. We also can't profess a belief in helping others and then harden ourselves against someone in pain because we are just too busy. Righteousness is the principle we most want to employ in our interactions with others. We should always be guided by a sense of fairness, truth and respect. If we witness an injustice, we should do whatever is within our power to make things right. But this is not to say that we should become fanatics or self-righteous do-gooders. We must have humility, and we also must recognize our limitations. We should, however, try to do as much as we can, whenever we can. We must have the courage and strength to follow spiritual principles, no matter how difficult.
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