From a distance, things look differently. From a distance, people look like ants. From a distance, friends look like enemies.
Unless undeniable evidence proves otherwise, I like to consider everyone a (compassion) friend… or at least, one in the making.
From a distance, the harmful may look helpful or the helpful, harmful. Close examination and progressive evaluation of mounting solid evidence is essential to ascertain authenticity and accuracy/trustworthiness…to a safety degree.
Upon close examination/evaluation…evidence may change. (Am I willing to change aka progress upon evaluating SOLID evidence?)
Whatever we personally value, for whatever reason we value such… it’s our personal responsibility to fully understand why we carry such values or not. Our values shape our choices, shape our lives. Shape our reality.
It’s the day after…9/11/14…many reminisce about the tragic events (of 9/11)…lives lost. I wonder: how many lives have been lost every day since then?? All life is precious! (I’m just not sure IF rehashing/reliving the violence in gory detail over and over and over again and for years is helpful/healing or more hurtful/painful?)
Excerpt from my blog: 12 Years of 911
This is my first time writing about 9/11. (Can You tell?) Personally, I’m not too into rehashing graphic, traumatizing, negative details. For me, I usually don’t like to linger long on the negative. Pressing forward in positive work helps me heal emotionally.
Healing is a process. A process that is individualized and collective.
Individually, one heals when one is able. Some seem to heal faster. Some seem to heal slower. Everyone heals at their own pace. Neither pace is superior; just different.
Collectively, we heal together as we communicate, cooperate, comfort, help, resolve and repair.
Don’t we all need healing from one thing or another, eh?! We all need healing from the culture of hate and violence, lies and mind/body poison!
For me, I highly value life! So, I would hope, I would NOT intentionally or unintentionally make (a) poor choice(s) that would endanger or cut short my life or another’s life. That’s a value/an intent.
My life course, my choice patterns over my lifetime/cycle are becoming mounting evidence that will prove or disprove my so-called value(s) (e.g., respecting life).
What solid evidence is mounting on your behalf regarding compassion and “real-ly” living it?!
I also value wisdom…the time-tested, “effective” (by that term I mean) actually: WORKS! and well as established by solid evidence…practical wisdom…
In other words, many places, many people offer advice/wisdom: is it SOUND? Does it WORK? Does it promote WELLNESS, COMPASSION, LOVE, RESPECT for LIFE? Is it worth my (limited) time/life to listen/obey/follow?! Will it cut short my life or prolong my life/well-being?!
KEEP EVIDENCE IN SIGHT…”insight” aka wisdom is acting upon evidence in sight!
8 Evidence abounds that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Bible acquaints us with God like no other book of religion. For example, the writings of Hinduism include books of Vedic hymns, a collection of ritualistic commentaries about these hymns, philosophical treatises called the Upanishads, and the epic stories known as Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The Bhagavad Gita, a book containing moral instructions, is a part of the Mahabharata. Of Buddhism’s Tipitaka (Three Collections), one volume is mainly about rules and regulations of community living for monks and nuns. Another volume deals mostly with Buddhist doctrines. A third volume is a record of the oral teachings of the Buddha. Buddha himself did not claim to be a god, and he said very little about God. The texts of Confucianism are an amalgam of records of events, moral rules, magical formulas, and songs. Granted, the holy book of Islam teaches belief in one God and presents him as God who is omniscient and has foreknowledge, but it does not even reveal the name of God, Jehovah, which appears thousands of times in the Bible.
9 While most major books of religion say very little, if anything, about God, the Bible acquaints us with Jehovah God and his activities. It helps us to see the many facets of his personality. The Bible reveals God not only as an all-powerful, wise, and just God but also as a God who loves us. (Read John 3:16; 1 John 4:19.) Moreover, the Bible tells us: “God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34, 35) In a sense, the availability of the Bible testifies to this truth. Linguists say that of some 6,700 languages spoken in the world today, approximately 100 cover 90 percent of the world’s population. Still, the Bible has been translated, either in whole or in part, into more than 2,400 languages. Nearly everyone in the world has access to at least parts of it.
11 The vast and reliable wisdom found in the Bible also indicates that the book is from a Source higher than man. The apostle Paul wrote: “Who has come to know the mind of Jehovah, that he may instruct him?” (1 Cor. 2:16) That verse is based on what the prophet Isaiah asked those of his day: “Who has taken the proportions of the spirit of Jehovah, and who as his man of counsel can make him know anything?” (Isa. 40:13) The answer, of course, is no one. No wonder that applying Scriptural counsel on marriage, children, entertainment, association, industriousness, honesty, and morality brings superior results! We never get bad advice from the Bible. Humans, on the other hand, are simply not wise enough to recommend what always works. (Jer. 10:23) Their advice is constantly being revised and updated as they come to realize that earlier advice was flawed. “The thoughts of men,” says the Bible, “are as an exhalation.”—Ps. 94:11.
Sixteen-year-old Asha comes from a devout Hindu family. “I prayed only when I went to the temple or was going through rough times,” she says, “but never did I think of God when life was treating me well.” She continues: “When Jehovah’s Witnesses knocked on my door, however, my life took a 180 degree turn.” Asha studied the Bible and came to know God as her Friend. What convinced her that the Bible is inspired of God? She explains: “The Bible answered every question that I could ask. It helped me to have faith even without seeing God—that is, without my going to a temple to bow to an idol.”Paula was reared a Catholic, but by the time she was a young adult, she considered herself an agnostic. Then something happened. “I met a friend whom I had not seen in months,” she relates. “That was in the hippie era. When I saw how he had changed—now clean-cut and happy—I asked him, ‘What happened to you, and where have you been?’ He said that he had been studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses […] Seeing Scriptural truth exert such power attracted this former agnostic to the message of the Bible, and she accepted it as inspired of God.Anwar* grew up as a Muslim in a Middle Eastern country. While he was temporarily living in North America, Jehovah’s Witnesses came to his door. “At that time,” says Anwar, “I had a negative opinion of Christian religions because of the Crusades and the Inquisition. However, being a curious person by nature, I agreed to a Bible study.” Before long, Anwar returned home and lost contact with the Witnesses. Years later, he moved to Europe, where he resumed his Bible study and came to this conclusion: “The fulfillment of Bible prophecies, the internal harmony of the Holy Scriptures, the absence of contradiction in the Bible, and the love among Jehovah’s worshippers convinced me that the Bible is God’s Word.”(*Some names have been changed, but not experiences. Reference: excerpts: “They Were Borne Along by Holy Spirit.”)
Unlike some insecure humans, Jehovah/Yahweh does not administer adverse judgment simply to make a statement about his power, nor does he withhold compassion out of fear that he will be viewed as weak. His way is to show mercy whenever there is a basis for it. Excerpted: Draw Close to God