Paths and Choices: Contagion and Contributors to Growth or Decay 3.1.0
Moral Growth and Decay have specific characteristics, and these characteristics are contagious, passed on to others like a virus. A virus is invisible, easily passed on, even by just touching something the contagious person has touched. A virus can be passed on through the air by a breath, by nearness. As the doctor often says, if your sickness is caused by a virus, maybe some of the symptoms can be controlled, but there is no medicine to cure it. You just have to rest and recuperate using your own inherent strength.
The thoughts and actions characteristic of moral Growth and Decay are contagious too. We don’t have to like this – the fact is simply the fact. We can take advantage of knowing this, however. So how shall we pass on the characteristics of Growth and health? How shall we avoid or fight off the characteristics of Decay and death?
Consider these lists: [See also #28; 2.3.5]
Contributors to Moral Growth and Health: Direct, human relations . . . . Warm, affectionate contacts . . . . Freedom to make choices . . . . Examples of inner harmony and strength . . . . Examples of the “art of living” . . . . Stimulating and interesting life
Contributors to Moral Decay and Rot: Lack of human contact or the influence of death-loving people . . . . Threats (physical, mental, or spiritual) . . . . Mechanical, rigid order . . . . Fright . . . . Lack of stimulation
Maybe we wonder how these can be contagious. But really, how can they not be contagious? We need to pass on moral Growth and health.
Without Words We Cannot Think
“It is truly enough said, that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation of conscientious men [people] is a corporation with a conscience.” Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (speech 1848; 1849)