compassion? even when it comes to the Anthony’s?
I have not walked in the Anthony’s shoes, and I am certainly happy about that. Now, I know the Anthony’s are not sympathetic characters as they have been deceptive & illusive, rude, careless, and have, at times, told many differing tales – variations on many untruths, or so it would seem.
But, you know what? I never thought I’d ever, ever say this, but right now, I feel sorry for the Anthony’s. I don’t want to see them lose their home – the only home Caylee knew. I wouldn’t want to lose my home, either – no one would.
Let me tell you where I am coming from. I have had the good fortune of seeing His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, twice over the last two days. I was over the moon to see him (I’m seeing Desmond Tutu on Friday!!!) And as a result of this experience, I am seeing and feeling a bit differently.
The Dalai Lama’s mission is a mission of compassion; he is recognized as the Buddha of Compassion. He was “chosen” or rather, reincarnated to succeed his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama, when he was only two years old. He was the fifth in a Tibetan family of sixteen children.
To make a long story short, I felt the compassion he has and which he spoke so eloquently about. His compassion is for the earth, and for all the people on it.
He sees our earth as a place where we are all one people, we are all equal in essence, too. Now, there are internal and external differences between all people, this is certain. But, from the Dalai Lama’s perspective, he says as human beings we must recognize that all people have one universal need and it is, simply, the pursuit of happiness. Simple? Not so much.
He spoke of the need for happiness as a universal need – a truth, and we must not make incorrect judgments of others We must take a holistic view and only make our judgments based upon facts.
The Dalai Lama said that there is Godliness in forgiveness; in non-judgmental responses. I see that, truly.
This was written into today’s program:
“Universal responsibility is feeling for other people’s suffering just as we feel our own. It is the realization that even our enemy is entirely motivated by the quest for happiness. We must recognize that all beings want the same thing we want. This is the way to achieve a true understanding, unfettered by artificial consideration.”
I am going to try, from this day forward, to do my utmost to feel compassion for the Anthony’s, no matter what crazy comment they make or action they take. But, opinion, on the other hand, our opinions and the freedom we have to speak our differences, is a must, and it is our absolute sacred right.
We must always continue to discuss our differences in opinion, truly. What a boring world it would be if we all thought alike!