“Gentleness indicates greater strength than harshness.”
-Han Shan Deqing
I wonder if we can solve a lot of our problems by being nicer to each other.
When I hear things like “People are too sensitive these days”
“That guy got what he deserved” when someone experiences the consequences of bad decisions
I just wonder where the compassion is.
Life is hard. It’s hard for everyone. All of us are facing many challenges throughout our lives. This can be a tough thing to remember. Suffering is the norm in human life. It’s fundamental. It’s not our fault we suffer. Some of our problems are self-inflicted, certainly. But many of them aren’t.
We judge each other harshly. We look down on people who have made different decisions than we made.
We could all soften our tone with each other. We can all be gentle and in this way make our world a slightly better place.
When someone is terminally ill, you often see a manifestation of kindness. We are generally pretty nice when we know someone is about to die. We respond to them with gentleness and compassion.
Can we try to apply that the rest of the time?
The world needs more kindness, more compassion, more love.
Can we handle people with care?
I’m interested in trying. Are you?
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