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To Be Socially Conscious

"Kuoki" (高貴), a Japanese term that translates to "nobility", is more than a word; it is an ethos, a principle deeply embedded within us. This nobility does not pertain to a status of aristocracy, but rather to an intrinsic state of being that is honorable, dignified, and compassionate.

Firstly, we could acknowledge the inherent nobility in our capacity for empathy. As social beings, we are wired to feel and understand the emotions and experiences of others. This empathy is the root of our nobility. It allows us to move beyond the limitations of our own experiences and extend our understanding towards those around us. This cognitive shift results in compassionate actions, which are the very expressions of our nobility.

However, our inherent nobility is not something we merely possess; it is something we must cultivate. This cultivation lies in the intentional decision to be socially conscious. Being socially conscious means that we actively consider and respect the collective experiences of society. It's a commitment to understanding social, political, and environmental issues, and working towards rectifying these issues in any capacity we can. Nobility in this context is about taking responsibility for the world we inhabit and striving to make it a better place.

Caring is another essential manifestation of our inherent nobility. It is a quality that propels us to extend kindness and assistance to others, irrespective of personal gain. Whether it's lending a helping hand to a neighbor, volunteering for a local charity, or advocating for societal change, caring involves supporting others' needs as well as our own. This selfless dedication is a reflection of our noble nature.

The living meditative invitation toward, 高貴 or nobility, is not only a personal attribute but a social commitment. It is a profound awareness of our interconnectedness and an unfaltering dedication to elevating the collective good. We are noble not because we are superior to others, but because we recognize the dignity and worth of all individuals and act in ways that affirm this understanding. Thus, by embracing our social consciousness and caring nature, we fully embody the nobility that lies within us.

一We Are the Practice Itself

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