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Tom

Hi, Chalip,

I think that your sentiments on this issue are correct.

If we can begin to grasp the insight that ALL consciousness is the SINGLE us [In every pool, one moon.], then we have a different relationship with others' foibles and glories.

If humans are open to it, I think we can easily empathize with the joys and torment of other sentient beings. It is no mystery why we so easily enjoy novels, movies and TV dramas: We have a talent for stepping outside ourselves into others' shoes.

There is zero chance it would evey happen -- I can assure you! -- but I can imagine being the Charlese Theron character in Monster, or Marlon Brando's character in the Godfather, or Spiderman or Superman or Wonderwoman or the Elephant Man.

Most of us are capable of the full range of emotions such that we can climb into any experience and imagine ourselves being swept away by passions of every sort.

It takes just a little calcified hatred to swing into an "Us vs. Them" mentality that can sustain jingoism or racism or mysogeny or misplaced zeal. And, too, just a smigeon of love will give us the impulse to jump on a grenade to save the lives of our friends.

It is said that through the cracks the light is let in. I think this is true. It is by our flaws that we gain the chance to recognize the ONE mind that we all are. So, Bill Bennett said something knuckleheaded and by that I see myself.

chalip

I'm so glad Blogmandu is back. Somehow I missed Terrence's entry on the issue and I'm glad I had a chance to read it.

You're right, "us vs. them" can be very easy. It can be automatic. What's much more difficult is I am them. They are me.

And I love this line:


...just a smigeon of love will give us the impulse to jump on a grenade to save the lives of our friends.

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