‘Do unto …’ don’t undo others
FOR THOUSANDS of years the Ballardong Noongar people lived in this place that we wadjulas call Toodyay.
As the story goes, Toodyay is an Anglicised version of Duidgee, which is thought to mean ‘a place of plenty’.
And what a magnificent and plentiful place it is for those of us lucky enough to live here.
‘Plenty’ in life also includes difficulty and turmoil and, in recent times, we’ve experienced more of that in our community than was perhaps necessary.Read more
We each have opinions and ways of seeing life that we often hold too tightly.
This over-identification tends to set us one against another in adversarial and counter-productive ways.
That’s how war starts.
The fact is, each of us has a value of a single unit. No-one is worth more, and no one less.
The crucial task in transforming turmoil and becoming a life-giving, ‘plentiful’ community is to see the other as our self and our self as other.
The Bible instructs us to “do to others as you would have them do to you”, remember?
In fact, every major religion and philosophy has a version of that same dictum.
It’s not rocket science.
It’s common, sensible humanity, and the personal responsibility of each of us to create a positive, enabling life for ourselves and each other in this beautiful place we call home.