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To Give or Not To Give: When is Giving or Sacrifice Wise or Foolish?

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When one’s heart opens, this spiritual experience causes us to feel more giving, wanting to share our happiness with others. This sentiment needs to be balanced with truth and wisdom, for people have very different needs and wants. Inequalities lead to standards of fairness in society. Principles of commerce are beneficial in life, but they do not apply to spirituality. When the heart opens, commerce is still necessary and more challenging. An ancient maxim regarding equality and an ancient principle regarding inequality can help in understanding balance in relationships. We all sacrifice, usually expecting to gain; but pure sacrifice gives without expectation or hope of a benefit, and is a foundation of spiritual growth.
Current revision: January 11th, 2021 (first version 2020 March 29th); recording: August 2021. New versions clarify or expand points in the original thesis; the points are unchanged.
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Referenced works:
Forgiveness and "Karma" p. 1
About Love Part 2 Love in Action, p. 5-6 or video/audio 2
Equality, Uniqueness and "Free Will" Part 1 Equal, p. 1-3 or video/audio 1
James Alexander Michie, The Truth about U.S. Equality
Heal Thyself p. 1-4 or video/audio 1-5
Emotional Clarity p. 1-5 or video/audio 1-2
Mass Killings Under Communist Regimes
Rudolph Rummel, Death by Government (1994 Transaction Publishers), and Statistics of Democide (1998 Wissenschaftliche)
Rick Kelo, "Socialism & Mass Murder in the 20th Century"
Jim Liao, "Communism: The Leading Ideological Cause of Death in the 20th Century"
Dharma p. 3
On Mastery Part 1 Expert to Mastery, video 1
About Love Part 1 What Is Love? p. 1-4 or video/audio 1, Part 3 Pleasure → Affection → Love p. 8-12 or video/audio 3
Toward Justice Part 1 Lifting the Heaviness video/audio 1
Domination, "God" and Savior-hood Part 2 Domination and Compassion p. 4-6 or video/audio 2
Forgiveness and "Karma" Rebuke and Repentance p. 5-6 or video/audio 3, and Communities: Restoration and Penalty p. 10 or video/audio 6
Wisdom leading to joy, Cognitive perception of spirituality and the spiritual path, Principles for healthy human societies, Focusing on goodness
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