- KORE UTU A VERSUS HEREA - FREE WILL VERSUS BOUND WILL
Every human being is endowed with free will which allows for the potential for development and growth, thus providing a path towards Perfection. The exercise of free will must not be impeded.
Each person must also be aware that unresolved adverse consequences in their lives can adversely impact the expression of free will. A bound will is the result of such unresolved consequences that can alter the ability to choose freely.
Example of Breaches of Traditional Māori Ethics and Principles
A Hara or transgression requires a pathway of restitution (Ara) to redeem the adverse consequences of the transgression.
In traditional Maori society this would manifest itself as a Ritenga (Ritual) where the individual would pay in some form for the transgression that they had committed.
These teachings were essential to the wellbeing of the tribe and were followed for centuries in a time when belonging to a collective group was not just important but was vital for one’s survival. These principles promoted self-awareness and self-government, in other words behaviour in harmony with the basic precepts of LIFE.
One is encouraged to be aware of every thought, word and action and the effect that they could have on others.
These precepts were taught by the Tohunga to the rest of the tribe to point the way to a contented life, where the tribe could live in harmony and mutual respect, as it should be today also.
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