When I was a school teacher the easiest way to give grades was to use a rubric. Everyone when they enter a new class asks themselves 3 basic questions:

1. Is this going to be fun?

2. Will the teacher treat me with respect?

3. How do I succeed?

Laying out a simple and yet concise and easily understandable rubric for the students to measure their efforts by is of the greatest value to them as it is to the teacher. They either did or did not follow the rubric; they either did or did not meet the levels of requirement. A sample rubric that I would use in teaching would be along these lines:

Drawing:

1. Student used 9 x 12 paper or larger. (0-5-10-15-20)

2. Drawing uses minimum of 3 values. (0-5-10-15-20)

3. Drawing fills the paper. (0-5-10-15-20)

4. Drawing has more than 50 lines to it. (0-5-10-15-20)

5. Drawing has a focal point. (0-5-10-15-20)

Thus grading drawings would go very fast, they either did the requirement or not. There was no value judgment as to whether the piece was “good” or not. But, the question remains, is it possible to create a rubric or a guide of some sort to help us personally evaluate our own kindness. This would not be for a grade or even an evaluation, but merely as a mental mnemonic to help us steer our own actions if kindness and peace are our goal? I believe Scaughdt has devised such a device. (again this isn’t anything other than a mental exercise)

Life’s 3 primary “Right Action Amplifiers”

The object of an enlightened Life of Peace is not to merely engage acts of kindness, but rather to engage acts of powerful kindness.  The most powerful act for the Universe is the one affecting the most Harmony — for those undertaking it, for those witnessing it, as well as for the environment in which it is undertaken.  And yet, it can be difficult to comprehend which of our choices are truly potent and which only appear to be powerful.

Using the scales below allow us to quantify the “Power of Goodness” behind any action you undertake.  Simply identify an act (it doesn’t matter what type) and then analyze its “worth” according to the three ratings below (a score of 25  is the maximum).  Once the relative power or weakness of your past choices is clear, it will prove easier to act with more potent Kindness in the future. There is in every culture and religion an antecedent to this namely: “Love your neighbor as yourself”, or the “Golden Rule”.

In Jesus’ parable of the “Good Samaritan”, the neighbor was the Samaritan–the Jews’ enemy at the time. Thus Jesus defined our neighbor as the one we are “supposed” to hate, or our enemy. Again, on the sermon on the mount, we are asked by him to “turn the other cheek”.

I:  The Power of What – the gift given and/or the giving method employed      (“LOVE”)

nothing            = 0

$ or things       = 1

words                = 2

compassion     = 3

deeds                = 4

own life            = 5

II:  The Power of for Whom – the “target” of the giving     (“NEIGHBOR”)

Self (hopeful)                           = 0

Family/Friend (obligation)  = 2

Tribe (reciprocity)                  = 4

Stranger (gratitude)               = 6

Enemy  (compassion)            = 8

Attacker (love/joy)                 = 10

III:  The Power of Why – the purpose behind the giving         (“as SELF”)

Self-Interest/Wealthy/Energized  = 0

Apathetic/Tired/Satisfied               = 2

Sad/Enough/Cautious                     = 4

Pained/Worried/Concerned          = 6

Afraid/Lacking/Clingy                    = 8

Angry/Destitute/Attached             =10

Example:  When a wealthy man gives money (what: 1)  to a friend (whom: 2) to repay a debt (why: 2), the action is still “good”, but very weak (5 out of 25) … On the other hand, if a poor person gives their last two pennies (what: 1 ) painfully/worried (why: 6) to someone they hate (whom: 8), the same donation has a frequency-emission that is significantly more powerful (15 out of 25) and therefore effectuates much more Harmony – both for that person to whom she gave, for all those witnessing her act of generosity, for all those within a reasonable distance who could feel that giving, and then for the Universe as a whole.

Note: To powerfully assist the Universe in its never-ending quest for harmony, it seems that if this rubric were anything close to that which is real, engaging in acts that register a “score” of 13 or higher seem to do the greatest good. However, no good deed is fruitless. Again, as Jesus said, “No man hath greater love than this: To lay down his life for his friends,” and “When you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me.”

None of us are selfless all the time, but I have found it better to try than not.

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