I’m reading “How To See Yourself As You Truly Are,” by his holiness the Dalai Lama. It’s a good thing to be reminded of such simple things.

If at the beginning and end of our lives we are dependent on the kindness of others, why in the middle of our lives should we not act kindly toward them? It is the pragmatic choice.

And the next page;

Violence does not accord with our basic human nature, which may lead you to wonder why all sorts of violence become news but compassionate acts seldom do. The reason is that violence is shocking and not in conformity with our basic human nature, whereas we take compassionate acts for granted because they are closer to our nature.

So. Another one of those things. That person over there is essentially compassionate. You. Me. Essentially compassionate. Born that way.

Something to take out into the world.

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