I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.
— Abraham Lincoln
If … you can learn a simple trick … you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.
— Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.
— Lao Tzu
Judging is easy. Tough talk is good for the ego and for impressing those who cannot see the light. But neither of these things can bring us inner peace or help to create a better world. So they are worthless in the end.
We come from unconditional love and it is where we ultimately return. And while we are free to choose our outlook and moral stance during our time on this Earth, does it not make sense that we would be better served by at least trying to stay true to who we really are?
The world doesn’t need more hatred or anger. Even those who claim to walk the path of love and compassion often do so by showing their hatred and anger towards the ‘wrong-doers’. But hatred is still hatred. Hating on the haters keeps us stuck on the same level as the ones we say we loathe.
Empathy, understanding and compassion are the keys to reflecting our divine nature while we remain in human form. They are the only things that can give us inner peace and keep us in a state of love.
We are all born innocent and helpless. Each one of us walks our own unique path and for most of us, our history determines who we are and what we do now. Every jerk, every criminal and every terrorist has a story to tell, if we would listen. They would tell us that they too were once innocent and helpless little babies. They might tell us what happened to them to make them believe what they do is right. And we might understand.
It is not always the easiest thing to do and I have failed more times than I care to admit. But the truth always beckons…