I like the word “decent.” It means “fitting and appropriate.” Children learn to be decent to one another by the influence of parents and teachers. Societies learn to be decent by the influence of parents and teachers like the Buddha and the Christ.
The Thai Buddhist master Buddhadasa pointed out that the sun, moon, and stars live together as a cooperative and that our very bodily parts function as a cooperative. This is the ultimately fitting and appropriate way of the universe. He went on to warn that if our lives are not based on this kind of universal decency, then we shall all perish.
It is surely high time that we enter into a process of purification. Let’s you and me conspire with friends to vow each morning to practice the way of decency in our homes, our neighbourhoods, and our workplaces and to follow through as best we can. Let’s join our sisters and brothers who are already in the streets, and bang our pots for the human way that is fitting and appropriate to Earth and its beings.
Let’s organize for decency!
Robert Aitken Roshi