(196) It can be but myself I crucify.
The heart of the little summary today is the first sentence: "All that I do I do unto myself" (1:2). If we applied that one idea consistently, what a transformation there would be in our part of the world!
My own little personal list (you can make your own):
- How do I greet people on the telephone?
- How do I respond to interruptions?
- How do I regard people serving me in stores and restaurants?
- How do I react to snippets of talk I hear on the evening news?
- How do I treat poor or homeless people I encounter?
- How do I think about the very rich?
- How do I think about other drivers?
- What do I say to others about my friends when they are not present?
"All that I do I do unto myself." Is it any wonder I feel mistreated and misunderstood? All of these "little" examples are expressions of the ego's desire to crucify the Son of God. Each of them betrays the way I am treating myself, when I listen to my ego. This explains that wonderful saying in the Manual, "The teacher of God is generous out of Self interest" (M-4.VII.2:1).