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"Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes."

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posted on Apr, 24 2011 @ 06:04 PM
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"Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes." is so cliché that we've lost sight of how profound is its wisdom.

It's a cousin of Chesterton's "We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity."

And of course Jesus' "Love your enemies."

There are 6.5 billion of us, in bodies we didn't ask for, in families we didn't ask for, in economic circumstances we didn't ask for, in nations we didn't ask for, on a planet we didn't ask for, in a universe we didn't ask for. I am one such person, in circumstances I didn't ask for. My enemy is another, in circumstances he didn't ask for.

If you believe the only humane, just, or otherwise proper course of action is to annihilate your enemy, say so frankly. But then do not deny his individual humanity, or the blood on your hands, for you are lying only to yourself. At this point God laughs at you if you continue to profess a belief in "One big happy human family."

For "One big happy human family, minus everybody I disagree with" is quite comical indeed, however nobly I might word it in order to please my fellow humans or my own conscience.


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posted on Apr, 24 2011 @ 06:21 PM
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...cuz you'll be a mile away and have his shoes...



posted on Apr, 24 2011 @ 06:25 PM
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i am you....



posted on Apr, 24 2011 @ 06:25 PM
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What if his shoes are smelly?

Or uncomfortable?

Or are highheels?



posted on Apr, 24 2011 @ 06:29 PM
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Originally posted by incrediblelousminds
...cuz you'll be a mile away and have his shoes...


hahahahaha yeah thats so damn true. Then you can say what you like as he's gotta cross all the glass you left behind. Sucker.



posted on Apr, 24 2011 @ 06:35 PM
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Originally posted by incrediblelousminds
...cuz you'll be a mile away and have his shoes...


Dang it!! I was going to say that.

I used to be so tolerant and compromising when it came to dealings with my fellow man, but now I have learned that we as people are extremely flawed and are actively regressing and devolving into a species I regret to be a part of. Ten years of pain, death, suffering and bitterness have left me with a desire to find a new planet.
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