“If not now, when?”
Fun with friends in San Francisco….
Posted by Marcel Côté on 26 Jun 2007 at 16:23 under Culture, Personal.
Comment from leblase
Time: June 30, 2007, 06:25
A very fine exercice indeed.
One keeps meeting ordinary negligent or even criminal people full of quiet complacency for themselves.
If we come to consider we are all linked and part of the human interactivity, then we must also accept the idea that much of the suffering of people comes from our indifference, our aloofness.
Will we say:”I have an excuse: I didn’t know?”
Isn’t this the most abject of excuses?
Comment from eatbees
Time: June 30, 2007, 21:14
@leblase — In Islam it is believed that an injury done to anyone is done to all of humanity, and a compassionate act done to anyone is done to all of humanity. Jesus of course taught his followers, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The Hindus have the law of karma, in which a good or bad action returns to the doer. I would say that this feeling of connectivity is the underlying principle of all religion, and our very guilt at our aloofness, our sense that we need an excuse, shows it is deeply rooted in each of us. Yet we kill each other anyway, and turn a blind eye to poverty, injustice and suffering, with all kinds of smug rationalizations. How this is possible is something I’ve been struggling with a great deal lately.
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