Originally posted by robbie carrobie
I think it has been my experience that prejudice is usually displayed when
understanding is lacking regarding the position of another. Understanding is paramount
me thinks, for even if we do not, like you say, uncritically agree or acquiesce with a
position, at least we can understand why it has been taken. For understanding to take
place, e ...[text shortened]... Its really
really interesting Toaman and I thank you for posting the topic - regards Robbie.
Thank you robbie. Where indeed do noble qualities arise from?
Some say the highest quality of unconditional love, with other related words, like grace and compassion accompanies wisdom. As wisdom arises so does compassion and openness. Some feel it is an inherent quality of the Voidal Fulness (Buddhist terminology, - "God" for the theist). This idea shifts towards an "entity" that is problematical for Buddhist understanding (tho not a formal Buddhist I align obviously closely with it's view) - of absence of final definition and interdependence of all aspects of life and mind. So I respond to the idea better that as we become less ignorant we also become more open and accepting. They arise together. In Buddhist understanding Wisdom and Compassion are two sides of the one coin, so to speak. There is a similar understanding in the Taoist way
So, that as ignorance lessens, the wider view naturally evokes the more noble qualities. This also means that our lesser qualities and "damage" begin to heal of themselves. With greater clarity the light shines better and darkness recedes of itself. Again this is not to say at an everyday level, crime and hatred is not to be countered and contained, but even then, lessening ignorance of the other helps. And where the convicted are treated with compassion, some healing does occur. There are fine enlightened programs in some prisons. There needs to be more, but they cost money.
Should one who has committed a crime in the midst of a serious mental illness be sent to jail, or to hospital? Too often it is the former.
Though one can confront another even roughly, this happens in caring close families too and can we not still regard a younger one as our son even if errant? Or an elder as our mother or father, or another as a brother or a sister, no matter surface differences - skin, sexual orientation, gender, religion (or non-religion), nationality, political affiliation?
We squabble and shout and argue, we sing and eat and dance, we are at best a fellow family member, in whatever state. Let us be aware of our words to one another - I mean generally. Words of confrontation are ok but for healing and growing insight. Mere words of abuse advance nothing. Each human encounter is an act towards lesser ignorance whether spoken or silent. All is interdependent and we "learn" from each other's actions, for lesser or for greater.
How do you see it?