Hey Ew, always good to see you put some positivity up here, as a reminder of some of our more promising abilities and responsibilities.
Sometimes just a little tweak in our awareness brings newfound insight that can alter our perspective as well as behavior.
Out of interest and curiosity, I studied various religions in college and one of the things I took away from it was something our teacher pointed
out. He said with all of our differences, West and East, religious and non-religious, passive aggressive, etc, it is just as important to notice our
similarities and just how close we really are with each other, and how the world's problems affect everyone, not just a particular group all of the
I also learned to take each experience in life as a lesson to be learned, therefore, even something negative can be absorbed and reflected in a
positive light. I'm not saying just stay positive all the time no matter what, that is impractical. However, our overall attitude can shape our
experiences. So when judgement arises within, recognize it, then take it further into the realms of tolerance and forgiveness. When we notice
something different about others, look to see what we have in common as well.
Empathy is a great unifying trait. In fact, when I watched the Nuremberg trials, the psychologist that interviewed the nazi's said the one thing he
noticed overall was the complete lack of empathy amongst them. So in my opinion, absence of empathy equates to disharmony and potential downright
evil, whereas a healthy empathetic view encompasses compassion , understanding and connectedness.
So the "one truth" you speak of contains the good and the bad, but it is up to us as to how to cultivate our perspectives and process our
experiences, which I believe means using our hearts as much as our minds.
Edit To Add: another member brought this doc up and I watched it last night. The last 3rd of it goes a bit out there, but overall it was well done
and inspiring. It is supposed to begin where What The Bleep Do We Know ended.
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