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Before, this was unthinkable. Being merciful, to me, seemed like a threat to my survival. And I'm not about to stop being a survivor. But I wasn't sure if this was entirely true, so I did give mercy a chance.
A man is born gentle and weak.
At his death he is hard and stiff.
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
At their death they are withered and dry.
Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.
Thus an army without flexibility never wins a battle.
A tree that is unbending is easily broken.
The hard and strong will fall.
The soft and weak will overcome.(Tao Te Ching, LXXVI)
Showing mercy has not ended my life, but filled a void in it and made my life how I think it should be. I still think it is good to be strong, but preying on the weak and looking for trouble to prove a point is a weakness from where I'm sitting.
Knowledge gave me mental strength. I was on top of the world and not afraid of anyone and was ready to take ke on anyone and anything. I adopted a survivalist attitude where it was me or you and I chose me. It got to a point where I became intolerant of weakness. At the same time, I didn't tolerate disrespect either. That's about the time I lost my soul, so to speak.
This went on for a while, not too long though, until I had enough of feeling empty inside. I realized that no matter how bad I want to, I can't make people smarter or stronger minded. I also realized that some people are going to be disrespectful no matter how much you fight them. That only left me with one logical way to handle it. Have mercy on them.
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 1 Corinthians 8:1
Originally posted by WhoKnows100
Keep studying that Jewish mysticism and you'll never understand why the Jews were judged and found severely lacking.
Originally posted by Wandering Scribe
reply to post by smithjustinb
This thread needs another little boost.
OP, have you explored the opposing side of the Tree of Life? The Pillar of Severity? If so, what have you discovered about yourself, your world, your connection to it, or your connection to whatever Higher Power you believe rests at the apex of the Tree?
~ Wandering Scribe