Sunday, October 10, 2010

Reclaiming people

Friend of the Center, Carolyn L., sent us the following:

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

-- Audrey Hepburn

People do that, you know; throw other people out, I mean. I think this happens due to the cognitive error known as "mind reading". Person A believes something particular about Person B's motives - usually that Person B really meant to give offense when Person B actually didn't mean that at all. Then Person A writes Person B off.

I've seen it a lot. Sad. Unnecessary.

The meditative principles of compassion, impermanence, and considering difficult people to be "precious teachers" will all help.

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