Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Duty of People

The Duty of People
By  Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

The first duty of being human
is to realize the highest thing available to us
before becoming corpses and ghosts
not wasting the opportunity of human birth. 

The second duty as human comrades
is to help each other to the highest degree
stop hurting, stop fighting over scraps
aim for true friendship in birth, aging, and death.

The third duty as citizens of the world
is to help quell the sorrows of the world
making this world a fit place to live
truly a wonderful, beautiful humane world.

Each of us has these three duties
to vigorously do our best to fulfill
completely before dying so our fame
comes from reaching the highest human potential. 
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