Be kind to everyone – this is a hard one.

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Blogged by: Jobst Schmalenbach
Created on: October 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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Be kind to everyone – these days this is a real hard one especially when you surrounded by real pricks.

How can you be kind to Donald Trump?

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about.

This quote has been accredited to Plato many times, but it is thought to come from Ian Maclaren[1].

Look, I know how bloody hard this is – while I do not succeed everytime I am having a real crack at it! My patience and kindness is tested every day as I am a system administrator. I love my job, I can help people and write stuff that helps making life easy for other people.

But yes, when it comes to politicians, child abusers, molestors and other idiots it becomes real hard.
I leave it up to the reader to judge their own participation.

 

[1] See this one for an investigation.

Compassion Quotes

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Created on: October 13, 2016 at 3:50 pm
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Albert Einstein was ahead of his time in many ways, not only physics.
He recognized very early on that we are all connected.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

― Albert Einstein

 

Let your hater be your motivator

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Blogged by: Jobst Schmalenbach
Created on: June 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm
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When a bird is alive… it eats Ants.
When the bird is dead, Ants eat the bird!
Time & Circumstances can change at any time,
don’t devalue or hurt anyone in life.
You may be powerful today, but Remember that
time is more powerful than You!!
One tree makes a million match sticks, but when the time comes
only one match stick is needed to burn a million trees.
Don’t judge me till you know me,
don’t underestimate me till you challenge me,
don’t talk about me till you talk to me.
The world is full of haters, they will hate you,
rate you and even try to break you,
but how you stand up to them will make you.

Let your hater be your motivator.

Latest Compassion “Crisis”

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Created on: June 4, 2010 at 9:29 pm
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I am absolutely disgusted what the newspapers did with regards to the Vanessa Robinson case. Its hideous! How dare those journalists assume that she killed the kids without proper investigating it! However, I have to take some consideration as they would not write this crap if it wouldnt be in the public interrest, so I am not sure what’s worse.

But what bothers me most is what those people did on facebook. Its bad enough that people created facebook pages against the mother, but on top of all that a hideous amount of people followed up on it, so I am again not sure what is worse!

But dont blame facebook, its just a tool.

I work on the first floor of a building that is on a corner of a rather busy suburbian intersection. Everyday I can hear beeping of horns of cars, shouting, fowl language, screetching of tyres you name it … its all happening down there. I even have visuals as our building has lots of windows!! How can I expect compassion against a mother who supposed to have killed her kids if we do not learn to have it in traffic?

A Buddhist would look at a person who would do such thing (as in taking a life) and would try to understand that a person can be in such a horrified and terrible state to actually do such thing.

There is a HUGE difference between trying to understand someone and disagreeing with what a person has done as kill someone (this is what compassion truly is) or just blindly and in total hate stamp someone to be a killer and not worth living.

It is exactly that group of people who cannot see what the truth really is and discover it. The need the help of people who can see what the truth really is.

Without compassion, no truth.