Basic Goodness. I just love those two words. Simple. Basic. Good. We are ALL simply, basically, good. We have it inside us always and I believe it is why the world is still spinning and expanding and why humanity is still in existence. Overall we ALL do care about our fellow man, contrary to what is continually be jammed down our throat chakras by external "media". If we didn't have this basic goodness, we would all be armed in our homes, fighting only for ME, pushing "the button" on society. There is something basically good about our existence as human beings. We all have moments of non aggression and basic freshness, basically, fundamentally we are good. To be a functioning community of humanity we must be in tune with our innate basic goodness. Many of us do not live in a place of 100% expression of our basic goodness, but then there are those that do. Those that have made it their life's work, those that practice basic goodness as an art form, and they are who make up our Basic Goodness Arts CitiZENry. Our Basic Goodness Arts CitiZENry do not hold the mantra most of us do of "what about me?" but instead hold "what about others" first in their hearts.
Basic Goodness is a term I learned while in my studies of Shambhala Buddhism and it is referring to personal wholesomeness and dedication to others. It is a term I try to weave into my daily life. Showing kindness to others is not difficult, it actually is part of the "code of humanity". It feels good, and it is necessary. I've know some quite grumpy people in my life and I've seen, even in them the grumpiest of all, slivers of basic goodness seep out from their hearts. Its almost as if we really can't help ourselves. It is part of our genetics and I have found it to be much more draining and strenuous to fight against allowing my basic goodness to be revealed. So I encourage all of us, let your basic goodness shine.
"Do we want a world that where everyone feels they are basically good, worthy and kind? I believe we do. Now I ask you to touch your heart, feel your inborn courage, intelligence and kindness, and offer them to the world." Manifesto on Basic Goodness/Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Post Script: In our research on Basic Goodness for this blog I stumbled upon this zen dude Atalwin Pilon, who has an advertising brain and a body of a nightclub doorman. Want more? Check him out. Here is a manifesto on Basic Goodness