posted on Apr, 24 2011 @ 06:04 PM
"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.
edit on 24-4-2011 by NewlyAwakened because: (no reason given)