Are you making decisions by considering the consequences?

United States
November 30, 2007 8:53am CST
It is all to easy to make a choice without looking at the consequences to others. That is part of why we are in ecological danger. We think only about ourselves and our own and rationalize any harm to other people, things. I get a lot of guidance from a daily medication from the White Bison Society. [www.whitebison.org/]. Here is today's: "Someone must speak for them. I do not see a delegation for the four footed. I see no seat for eagles. We forget and we consider ourselves superior, but we are after all a mere part of the Creation." --Oren Lyons, ONONDAGA Whenever we make decisions, we need to look around and see who would be affected by them. If we change the course of a river , who, what will be affected? If we put poison on the gardens, who, what will be affected? If wee cut the trees and too many are cut, who, what will be affected? We need to become aware of the consequences of our actions. We need to pay attention to our thoughts. We are accountable to our children to leave the Earth in good shape.
4 responses
• China
1 Dec 07
I perfer to think twice before taking actions. The consequences are what I consider before my all behaviors.It is not wise to take any action because of the moment of impluse, usually harmful consequences follows the rash decisions. As one person is not isolated from others, we should consider not only our own benefits but also rights and interests of people around us. I think considering the consequences before actions is both life wisdom and society responsibility.
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• United States
2 Dec 07
Exactly! And we all need to learn to look beyond what we can see, as every action effects the entire world as it ripples out. Hopefully we will make people more conscious of the long-range consequences of today's choices.
@lucky_witch (2711)
• Philippines
1 Dec 07
Yes, I always consider the consequences of my actions. I believe taht in every wrong decisions that I will make, it may cause harm to me or to other people. And that is what I fear. I dont want to cause any harm with the people I love... and also with myself. In our quest for happiness we should always consider the people around us.
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• United States
2 Dec 07
Yes, we need to care for the people we love. But we also need to look beyond ourselves and our loved ones. We must love the earth and the world as well. My hope is that we become more aware of the size of our footprint on the earth.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
1 Dec 07
If you do not think about the consequences of your actions before you act, then you are not "thinking" you are just performing primal actions. Too many people function on this level. That is why there are so many problems in our world. That is why our "civilized world" is not really civilized at all. Much of the world still works on the premis of instant gratification which is very primal and infantile. They want their reward now with no reguard for the needs or wants of others.
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• United States
1 Dec 07
That is certainly part of the problem. Another part is the faulty thinking on the part of so many people who think that they have no power to impact beyond themselves. If we really look at the ripples we send out we can tap into our power to make the world better rather than to feel overwhelmed by the problems and think they are powerless to do anything about them.
@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
30 Nov 07
Hello, youdontsay! every body is conscious about his own affairs and making decisions without considering about the consequences, for which the earth is badly affected and life is is under threat.because of large scale falling of trees, the forest area in all the continents are diminishing, causing extinction of some species.besides,because of large scale deforestation ecological change has occured in this earth and any thing may happen here.the total climate of the earth has changed and we are now experiencing shortage of oxigan.so it is time now to change our attitude and think three times before taking any action.we are required to take decisions with due consideration of consequences.thank you for starting such discussion.all the best,
• United States
30 Nov 07
Yes. Native cultures teach that we should consider the consequences to seven generations. It is really important that each of us begins to look at each choice we make thoughtfully. While we all want things to cost less, are we going to continue to be willing to buy things made in sweatshops in foreign lands just so we can get a bargain?