Towards Effective Human Interaction
A More Specific Golden Rule
The Primary Laws are version 2.0 of the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you). These guidelines are simple, straight forward, and promote improvement. Following the Primary Laws is especially important when we find ourselves in unanticipated, overwhelming situations where emotion clouds our judgement. Do the Primary Laws guarantee success, happiness, and a cherry on top of your ice cream? Nope. But imagine the complications we could avoid if these Laws were followed consistently.
Law #1 means do all you have agreed to do. Keeping your word can be as complicated as contractual business agreements or as simple as a promise to work on a project with your child later in the day. We choose to welcome problems, miscommunication, and complication into our lives when we don’t keep our word.
Law #2 means do not encroach on other people or their property. It is easy to predict what happens if don’t respect people and their stuff. Likewise, if we use physical force or coercion to get what we want. We hate it when others mess with us. However, we don’t seem to hesitate much before poking our noses into other people’s affairs.
Law #3 means learn from your mistakes and your successes with Laws 1 & 2. So often, we act and keep moving forward without reflection; without improvement. It’s important to pause and see where our actions are taking us. Are we heading towards our life goals? Are we improving our Alpha mindset? It’s worth checking out.
“If we have better focus we can filter incoming information more effectively, be more informed to make better decisions, and secure our presence in constructive environments where better results frequently occur.”
~ Able Kinetic
Should I default on my debt? Or not show up to an appointment when I promised to do so? No, that would break Law #1. How about painting some graffiti on a wall without permission? Or going around spreading gossip? No, that would break Law #2. Now, embrace Law #3 and use the positive and negative results from Laws 1 & 2 to improve, achieve, and create value.
Make Better Decisions
The less I violate the Primary Laws, the less complicated my life is. When we make poor decisions and choose to be in negative environments, the Primary Laws tend to go out the window. In flies the drama and the “YOLO” outlook. Of the four Foundations, this one is the least controversial. Try and find someone who disagrees with the Primary Laws. Of course, it depends on us whether or not we actually follow them. Choice is empowering!
“I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: ‘Do unto others twenty-five percent better than you expect them to do unto you.‘ … The twenty-five percent is for error.”
~ Linus Pauling
A great way to put the win-win spirit of the Primary Laws into action is by Learning To Enjoy The Success Of Others.
Motivation is an empty bag if we don’t fill it with good decisions and habits. Motivation Is An Empty Bag If There’s No Discipline.
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.“
~ Richard Bach
The “Two Laws” from Richard J. Maybury’s Uncle Eric Books were the inspiration for the first two of the Primary Laws. Here is a Wikipedia page on Richard J. Maybury. One article he wrote is called The Great Thanksgiving Hoax. Read it and enjoy the roller coaster ride of the comment section.