Hugh Sifu: [00:00:00] All right, guys. Welcome back to Thoughts of a Random Citizen. My name is Hugh Sifu. I'm your host here as always. I'm back from my-- I don't even know how long it was, break, well, I finished up my travels in Australia. Yes, this is part two of the three-part series that I have created a large gap in between, but I did want to just briefly touch on how great Australia was.
This is partly a travel podcast/everything else under the sun. If you don't mind, I'm just going to talk about the ending of my travels in Australia and the beginning of my travels in Italy, which is where I'm currently at. Australia was [beep sound] amazing. I absolutely recommend to anybody to travel in general, but Australia was so-so great. I'm really sad to have left it. It was probably one of the more difficult decisions I've ever had to make.
When somebody offers you Italy, you really can't turn it down. I finally took the last road trip from Byron Bay all the way up to Cannes and a little bit north of Cannes, Port Douglas, and beyond. It was amazing, guys. Queensland might be the one place that if I had to live somewhere in Australia, that would be it. Most beautiful place? Hands down, Tasmania, in regards to beaches, maybe not, but also, it had really good beaches.
WA was probably one of my more favorite places, specifically, Fremantle. However, Queensland, I didn't get to spend enough time there. I feel like it would have been probably the place that I would have enjoyed the most, [00:02:00] just in regards to surfing, the sun, and the amazing waterfalls. It had a bit of everything. Again, I absolutely recommend you traveling to Australia.
I can't speak too much on Italy so far. I've only been here for just under a week and it was a crazy travel, COVID, and beyond. I will get in a podcast I'm releasing later, probably in two weeks or so about the airline industry right now because I don't know how they're operating. I'll get into that on a later thing but holy shit, that's crazy. Anyways, I'm very excited to be in Italy. I'm in Ostuni at the moment. I'll keep you guys updated on that.
I'm learning another language at the moment. It's really great because I like to talk and I can't right now. People just say things to me and I stare at them like an idiot and then I say things to them, and they stare at me the exact same way. It's a bit of a hurdle but I'm really excited to challenge that and then of myself. Then also, I've always wanted to learn another language.
It's really hard when you speak English to learn another language because everyone in the [beep sound] world speaks English, but anyways. Besides that guys, I just wanted to briefly say amazing Australia, really excited for Italy, travel, travel, travel. Besides that, let's dive into part two of the three-part series. I wanted to make one thing clear from the last episode released and before part two.
I'm not pushing anyone to become religious, simply that there are many truths not discussed over not just one but all religions. [00:04:00] To be honest, I personally am not a huge fan of organized religion at all. I think the idea was in the right place, a few ancient individuals found some understanding and tried to spread that to others. However, like all things where humans find, they can wield power, organized religion eventually became corrupt.
Not all churches across the world are corrupt by any means, the best way to find understanding however usually comes from within one's own self. That was just a bit of a precursor, but let's get onto the rest of it. Whether God is a person or nothing, or a collective consciousness, it doesn't matter because what is written about him, it or a whatchamacallit suggests that what people do as a whole have certain connotations.
Yes, we have free will and a freedom to do whatever we like except when you live in a COVID world, you can't really do that, anyways. However, our ancient ancestors have explained via these texts that we behave as freely as we may in certain ways because of the fact that we are human. There are certain things that happened when we behave in a specific ways. That was extremely vague and probably not very direct, which is what vague means.
Let me explain a bit more with an example. For the example, I'm just going to try to explain a bit of what my specific understanding of what "sins" and karma is. For example, let's say someone steal something at a supermarket. I'm not going to get into the ethical dilemmas because that's a large can of worms of the whole stealing to save your family thing. I'll get into that in another episode, but stealing is a no-no.
Karma suggests that it will come back to haunt us. What religion and [00:06:00] sin say is it's like a 10 Commandment, not to do it. It's a big no-no. Others say that what we do day in and day out has no effect on anybody else, that's the counterargument. However, market principles alone and how stealing can affect a company's bottom line and cause a rise in prices and inflation, it's a specific example to suggest that these effects do hinder other people, affect other people, what you do does affect other people.
That's not even considering beyond the physical, that's just specifically the monetary value of stealing. Besides that, and the physical, what the karmic, sins, religious, ancient understanding of this does this unvirtuous bad karma, a sin that affects your subconscious and your conscious. What I believe this does to you is, and why our ancient ancestors were fully aware of how this behavior impacts not only us on individuals but societal levels as well, and why we are cautioned against these bad behaviors is solely because of your psyche.
Back to the example. While stealing something may not have gotten you caught or in trouble, although, it very well could have, it affects the way you see things, how you view people's actions, and more importantly, how you react to those actions. Just a side note real quick, I'll admit I've stolen stuff in the past. Maybe more often than I should have. You know what, backpack through Australia and I think you might understand. However, that got me to where I'm getting.
I'm not trying to come say, "Oh, I'm this amazing person, I don't steal, blah, blah, blah." No, I'm pretty much just a piece of shit all the same. However, that doesn't mean that I don't understand what was happening and grown from it, [00:08:00] so back to it. Again, it affects the way that you see things, how you view people's actions, and more importantly, how you react to those actions.
When you see someone walking through the grocery store with a backpack on, you know that you stole once in the same way, but having decided not to steal anymore when you see someone who, in this example, isn't stealing anything, just for this specific example, they're just wearing a backpack, you get a little bit angry to think that they're stealing food from your local grocery store.
Hard stop, that's the end of the example. I won't go any further because you can go a thousand different ways from that one example but that's, as far as I needed to go anyways. That anger alone that you just felt is the effect of your own wrong actions. You knew that was how you stole and got angry, and someone else might be doing it. That is 100% on you, which is my understanding of how sins and karma or unvirtuous things are so harmful and why our ancient ancestors understood that the reflections of these actions is the danger.
For those of you who never stole but saw something online or a documentary of the way people steal with backpacks in grocery stores, and again, for this specific, but I assure you not fabricated example, then that is how your actions affect others like someone who's never stolen getting mad at someone who isn't stealing, the anger being the negative causation of unvirtuous bad karmic decisions.
For those of you who might still be confused, I'll just specifically spell it out exactly what I'm trying to get at. When you sin or do bad karmic or unvirtuous things, God isn't going to smite you, you're smiting your own-self, [00:10:00] so keep that in mind while we move on. We are all made in God's image, right? You can't see, but Apple air quotes right there. Well, God's image would be a reflection of ourselves. Our reflection of ourselves would mean that God is ourselves. There's no one example in any ancient texts or religious or philosophical texts that would make this argument invalid.
For those of you who get hung up on the God character, and think my way of thinking is medieval or something of alike, I ask you to remember that I can't categorize God as any religious or consciousness within yourself. While you cannot believe in all religions, scientifically, you must believe in a subconscious or a consciousness, which is what I believe the narrative of today's society will most easily assimilate God "with" not just some homie chilling in the sky.
Why am I saying this? The people who see the Bible as primal, because there's no way some guy in the sky exists, might find it easier to think that guy or God is actually in all of us as a consciousness or a collective subconsciousness or something of the like. He is us so that we are the thing in the sky. Then people seem to think that that is much more possible. God's own image, meditation, or consciousness, or whatever you call it, we are that homie chilling in the sky. Most people nowadays think that it's possible that we are somewhere else out there beyond the stars, which means we are the homie chilling in the sky. Hopefully, I haven't lost you.
I'll try to connect some dots here. Instead of disregarding the teachings of what is not God, think of it as what is not us. [00:12:00] Fearing God is like fearing us. What's that mean? God gets angry because we behave in certain ways, right? The fear of God it's everywhere, but by God being us is really us who gets angry when we behave in certain ways that are not God or not us.
Think of the example above of the lady getting upset because of a backpack when she was the one who stole earlier in life. God didn't get angry because of some terrible sins of stealing. She did. She got angry because of her bad karmically, unvirtuous ancient teachings of us dictated or told us of the decisions she made. There's a good quote in the Bible that essentially spells this out a bit better, "For they made me jealous with what is not God and they have provoked me to anger with their idols. I will make them jealous with those who are not a people, and I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation."
Let me dive into it a bit. Replace God in that last quote that I just gave you, Bible verse if you will, with virtues. Why virtues? Because virtues hold true across all religions of the world and are the same, vanity, lust, greed, pride, the seven deadly sins, blah, blah, blah, virtues. If you abused these traits for long enough, bad things come back around and onto yourself, mostly from your own doing.
Too much vanity, eventually you'll get wrinkles and hate yourself because of the vanity you possess. Too much greed, you'll never be satisfied and always wanting more and so on and so forth. While the opposite can be said for courage, temperance, kindness, and patience, when you possess these traits, the only backlash will be something you already obtain.
Small example, how does someone affect themselves, [00:14:00] or how do you affect or hurt someone with patience? Like you would affect someone with wrinkles who is vain. You can't. There is no backlash or bad karma that comes back to someone who acts virtuously, temperance, kindness, et cetera. You just can't hurt someone with patience via patience, in meaning, you can hurt someone with vanity because of vanity. I think you get what I'm saying there.
Therefore, they have made me jealous with what is not God virtues, and I will make them jealous with those who are not a people. When you take virtues, not of ourselves, used to come to those pitfalls, anger, and idols, anger's a foolish nation, it broadens to society as a whole, and a compounding affects an entire society with a misunderstanding of logical practices. A compounding effect that if properly understood and implemented would lead to a better and happier humanity.
Let me make something perfectly clear. I am far, and boy do I mean far from perfect. I don't pretend that everything is black and white referring to the ethical dilemma mentioned at the start, but I do understand that there is a certain logic that exists in our world and that the older we get, the wiser we get because we have had that logic thrown in our face, time after time after time.
We can try to ignore the teaching of our wise ancient pasts or the elders in today's society. We can pretend that our virtuous or unvirtuous behavior doesn't affect anything else, which is insanity considering we are understanding that and how we even treat our very own earth affects everyone else. [00:16:00] Or we can understand that our actions have certain connotations that can be good or bad depending specifically on those initial actions. That's as simple as it gets in regards to part two of this series.
Hopefully, that wasn't super confusing. I maybe confused myself once or twice there. I don't know, but thank you guys for tuning back into Thoughts of a Random Citizen. I will be releasing more consistent episodes for the foreseeable future because I am finally settled back down in one place. I look forward to next week's episode though. I'm really excited. I have an interview specifically about Taoism, egoism, or the ego, not egoism with Davide who I like to refer to as a meditation master. Please tune back in for that to conclude the three-part of this series and hopefully, wrap up some questions that may have arisen from parts one and two. Other than that, I will talk to you guys next week on Thoughts of Random Citizen. Ciao.
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