Hi Sean, ... Like the Durand line exists only in the imagination (and people are ready to kill for such figments of thought).. ..the belief that compassion can
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, Jul 7, 2010
sean tremblay wrote:
I agree, with the points you have made, and I only brought up
Afghanistan because of the mention of Islam and Democracy in the first
post. I also agree that this is not a forum for discussing
geopolitics, but it seems to be hinted at from time to time, so I
chimed in. Religion can be a powerful thing and it can anchor us and
give us a sense of place and belonging. I would never presume to take
that away from anybody, but all religions have turned thier teaching
into tools of destruction at one time or another. In discussing
compassion I personally believe that we have some obligation to one
another, so I ask the question, When practicing compassion in the
world, how far should your compassion extend or is thier a border for
that as well a sort of spiritual "Durand" line?
Like the Durand line exists only in the imagination (and people are
ready to kill for such figments of thought)..
..the belief that compassion can be practiced and the immediate
co-created question with that belief..........as to how much or how
long can such practices be continued......is creativity of thought.
Aka......don't I have a personal life to lead.......or is it only a
constant Hail Sister Mary act to be laboured at?
When there is no defining of what compassionate acts or practices
are........there is no sense of a pursuit of "doing compassion".
There is thus no created story around what is unfolding.......as to
what it stands for....... thus the absence of a stake, absence of an
And thus an absence of thought aka "how far or how long to go"
There is a milieu of existing, in which some who enters that milieu,
that ambit........ experiences compassion, empathy, benediction...
... quite irrespective of whatever action took place or did not take
Now to an on-looker, whatever is unfolding might appear as cold,
indifferent, ordinary, limited, temporary.
Or as deep warmth, extraordinary sympathy, compassionate acts of the
greatest heights........ unlimited, perpetual.
To the milieu of existing......there is neither the "other".
And thus neither a sense of exchange with this no-other.
With no sense of exchange, there is no defining of such an
no-exchange(as warm or cold etc).
Nor the limitation of time or space for such no-exchange.
There is no sense of a need to turn it "on" or "off".
And thus in the absence of limitation, even "unlimited" has no meaning.
For the milieu of existing which went under the
label......Jesus.....there was neither the leper to healed, or the dead
to be raised, or the rabble to be whipped in the corridors of the
Healing, compassion, love, empathy......was the constant
raining........irrespective of the recipient or the manner in which it
So what about regular Joe, struggling to make it through to the next
Faced with a situation which has a scope for whatever form of empathy
or compassion to arise and extend........one does whatever one is moved
In whatever form and in whatever measure.
And for whatever time ....one is moved to.
Knowing that no matter what did get to unfold.......in precisely the
manner it did.....
......it could not have been different ......to what did get played out.
Moment to moment to moment.
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