How To Be A Good Citizen In Troubled Times

Let’s Be Civil by Charles Johnson

“Good citizenship is based on civility. We can achieve this if we mindfully practice two things: humility and egoless listening.

Other people will always be a mystery that outstrips our perceptions and conceptions.

These practices reinforce one another. They involve deep listening to discover how others reveal themselves to us, moment by moment, and letting go of everything but the basic assumption that others want happiness and freedom from suffering, just as we do.

Beyond this assumption, we should not project our fantasies, ideas, or desires onto others. After all, other people will always be a mystery that outstrips our perceptions and conceptions.

When we experience anger, it is helpful if we pause to remember that our lives are remarkably brief and our deaths can come at any moment. In this way, we see how our worldly desires and conflicts with others are both sad and ephemeral.”

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After thirty years of teaching Inner City, Special Education students and forty-five years of metaphysical studies, I have decided to share my life's philosophical understandings on this wonderful website. For me, everything in my life has been a spiritual experience from being raised in an alcoholic household, to marriage and teaching, and finally caring for an Alzheimer parent. I have sought at least fifteen, personal psychic readings to try and assist me as a wife, teacher and caretaker. I want to share the wisdom that I have gained from following the valuable spiritual guidance from my inner knowing and from heeding the advise of channeled answers from trusted psychics. At almost 70 years old, I am writing, traveling and enjoying retirement in Florida.

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