Thursday, October 21, 2010

Understanding

There's a lot to be said for this:

I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.

-- Spinoza

As far as I'm concerned, nothing helps with insight into human behavior quite like the meditative process and principles.

(Thanks, Larry and Gerald, for calling my attention to this quotation.)

6 comments:

  1. I came across your blog this morning and am so thankful. I practice meditation and am a deeply spiritual individual on my path to 'heaven on earth.' Your posts are awesome! I look forward to following your blog.

    love,
    elizabeth

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  2. Well, Elizabeth. I am grateful for your very kind comments.

    I think I know what you mean, Andie, by "if only". My take on this is that even if we're not able to be completely successful in our efforts to avoid descending into scorn or ridicule of others, we can still remind ourselves to use even our own reactions as a way of further illuminating our understanding.

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  3. PS to Elizabeth.

    I just clicked through on your name and found your very interesting websites which I will have to explore another time. At first glance they look very appealing indeed and I'm looking forward to spending some time with them!

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  4. Yes Ellie, I agree, thanks for that. I was also thinking, if only.....we were able to understand eachother, to see into hearts the way that God does, can you imagine what our world would be?

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  5. great! love and light to you Ellie : )

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