To move from this
requires walking through this in our minds
We need to change our world and we can only change our world by changing our minds. As long as we believe our safety comes from the ability to force our neighbours to do things our way we are doomed to a life of fear and violence. Force them through the courts, through street justice, through gang affiliation, through the police or simply by the fact that they know you have the ability to hurt them if they do not play nicely. This way leads to madness and a world of wannabe Rambo’s! I do not claim to know your beliefs but I am doubtful that you want to live next door to Rambo. I know I don’t.
I would prefer to live next door to people like Thich Nhat Hanh
, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, His Holiness the 14the Dalai Lama, or any one else who has also passed through the gate and realized that Wisdom and Compassion
make for a better world;
‘Wisdom and compassion are the essence of an enlightened life.
Wisdom and compassion are inextricably linked. They are two sides of the same coin. They are a unit. Separating them is an artificial, intellectual act.
When compassion is taken out of the equation, wisdom turns into worthless platitudes, which easily become destructive. Without compassion, wisdom degenerates into an escapist entanglement in concepts, theories and dogmas.
Wisdom is more than just cleverness plus compassion. It differs in quality to a point where it may seem to have little to do with cleverness. Sometimes, the actions of wise people seem to go against common sense. In fact, wise people often act in ways which are considered foolish by clever people.’
My prayer is that I have enticed you to try a new world view.
I do this out of selfishness.
I wish to live without fearing my neighbour.