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It's the Government who are primarily responsible for it all, influenced heavily by the banking/corporate elite. It's about money/control/power.Yeah,what about the DWP and the minister twats,are we to forgive them for ton of bricks they are going to drop upon my delicate frame?
As human as we all are, as difficult as some of the things are that we have been through & have to deal & cope with. As hard as this World is, all we can really do is accept the way a lot of it all is. All we can really change or work on ultimately is our own self.It helps me to simplify things & boil things down within my own life & healing to, in part, ideal principles.
Just my thoughts/perspective on it.
Perhaps it is useful to consider that in the end this all takes place in the mind. Your happiness and unhappiness, desires and fears are all constructs which arise in your mind... the hills, forests, clouds do not care, they just are. But a newspaper or website visible to your eyes causes to take shape in your mind unrest, judgment, resistance to what is, unhappiness.It's the Government who are primarily responsible for it all, influenced heavily by the banking/corporate elite. It's about money/control/power.
i've been considering all this a lot & how forgiveness plays out with society/the system/humanity & World.
Those principles are an important part of entering the spiritual life. Acceptance and forgiveness of what we have been and done, and a resolve to do better, to let compassion, kindness and heartfulness into our lives are a really big step.i can see the sense of forgiveness on a personal level in regards to what others have done to us, what we have perceived others have done/Not done, & the ways that we have behaved & been, the part that we have played in things (even if our part is 'simply' holding on to resentment, anger & bitterness etc). i can also see a sense in trying to have an attitude of forgiveness for anything that we feel aggrieved by.
i feel what is most important is to forgive ourselves, to have compassion for ourselves, to show ourselves kindness. i feel that then makes it a bit easier to give that to others & the World.
Yes, very much so. The Eastern traditions of renunciation give some insight into how this works, as do the Buddhist precepts for lay people, which include as a first step not killing. But if you really want to extend this it is necessary to work deeply with mindfulness and insight, to become aware of the sources of difficult impulses within us and untangle those, to become truly peaceful and compassionate within.These spiritual ideals & principles i feel primarily make sense on a personal level within our own inner World/psyche - within our own thoughts, feelings & emotions. The collective World begins within each individual. If we stand by certain ethical, moral & spiritual principles then surely it has to begin within our own self/Being. A good example that i started to ponder is the principle of peace - non-violence - doesn't that mean that as an ideal we seek to remove any violent thinking, feelings, emotions & speech from within our own inner World/self? i feel this applies to many ideal principles.
This very much gels with the Tao, the idea that the world is perfect but we fail to be in harmony, and the goal is to achieve oneness with the Way, the motion of the world. I find it a beautiful approach.The acceptance i feel is key to things, & allowance of what is, which is said to be the deepest form of meditative/contemplative practice - Allowance of the World, other people, ourselves as we are/as things are - allowing reality to be as it is. To simply allow ourselves to be ourselves. To rest in our own Being.
The Golden Rule I think is the basis, the starting point for a lot of morality and idealism. Even just in humanist thinking. Spirituality can take things a lot further, for example the Buddha held that animals were just as deserving of kindness and compassion as humans. But it is only a starting point for inner development, and not the only one.i do find it an interesting correlation that within all the World's spiritual/religious teachings there do appear to be some Universal ideas/ideals/principles. Such as the Golden Rule.
All life, in essence & at core is sacred & divine. All life is ensouled.The Golden Rule I think is the basis, the starting point for a lot of morality and idealism. Even just in humanist thinking. Spirituality can take things a lot further, for example the Buddha held that animals were just as deserving of kindness and compassion as humans. But it is only a starting point for inner development, and not the only one.
It is said that "anger is like trying to damage another by holding in your hand a glowing hot coal", and I think there is a lot of truth in that. Most negative emotions cause you suffering, and while some of these things are what you'd like to cast at another, in effect you really can't - they arise in your own mind and they give you pain and unpleasantness.All resentment, anger, judgement, blame & unforgiveness really ultimately hurts is ourselves, & aren't we also just as much in need of forgiveness, allowance, non-judgement, & kindness?