"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue."
This sounds like an airy-fairy pronouncement, but it's not. It's very practical advice. To create safety and be safe, I think it's important to orient yourself towards wellbeing for all (good deeds and virtue), because this creates the best opportunity for open, honest communication, carefully thought out decisions and, subsequently, the best possible outcomes.
To make good (wise) decisions, it's also important to be grounded, centered and reach for a peaceful mind---knee-jerk actions taken in anger and fear don't result in good decisions or good outcomes. In the long run, they lead to estrangement and sadness.
Fortunately, I don't think wellbeing and peace are the abstract qualities of a spiritual person. I think they're the practical assets that allow average people to make good decisions that pay off in longstanding ways.
Finally, I think that the more peace and wellbeing you possess, the less likely you are to create dramatic clusterfucks in your own life and the lives of those around you.
That's a pretty nice benefit, too.
Of course, this is my opinion---your mileage may vary.
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