1 – GOOD PEOPLE LEARN TO GUIDE THEMSELVES
Some people might study a great deal of general subjects, but they are unable to educate and tame themselves. Therefore, they are careless in action, speech and other expressions. Action, speech, and other expressions tell us their level of self-education, self-guidance, or self-discipline. As human beings, if we fail to tame, educate and guide ourselves, no one may train us to be a good person, just as a skillful driver only knows how to drive but has no discipline and no goal.
Whether people know or see or do not know or see, praise or not praise, gain or lose, goodness is the work that needs to be done because the good-doer will receive a special reward in a timely manner.
The law of karma dictates that good begets good and evil begets evil. Therefore, any acts of good you do will be revisited upon you.
There are many people who work for a monthly salary. They normally look forward to their pay at the end of each month, but fail to think of the thirty days of life prior to their pay. Their life draws nearer to its end and death comes ever closer. They get their money but life has passed them by. Life is very precious. Even a millionaire or a great capitalist has nothing to guarantee his/her life. When death comes, we die. If life could be guaranteed by possessions, the rich would not agree to die. 30-days of life is worth more than a 30-day salary. The wise, therefore, ought to accumulate and keep goodness in their hearts, so they will not waste their precious life.
If we are humble enough, both good and bad people may be our teachers. Good people are models of goodness for us to see, and we should follow in their footsteps. Bad people who incur bad consequences are examples for us to see what to avoid, and we should not associate with them. Our past mistakes may be considered our teacher as well. We only have to be sure that we will not repeat the same mistake again. If we learn to observe trees, forests and mountains, we would also gain knowledge and develop wisdom from them. All of these natures reveal their own truthes.
Looking at other people and seeing only their good qualities is best practice and gives honor to the person. This also trains and encourages us to be more open and not self-centered. Normally, most people see only good attributes when looking at themselves and see only flaws when looking at others. It would be better if we could learn to practice doing the opposite. This means we should try our best to find our own faults, and find the virtues in others. This is aimed to reduce our own imperfections, on the one hand, and to bring happiness in daily life, on the other.