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 feelings 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. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
I feel guilty as I write this. It’s terrible to poke fun at someone who is different from you, different from “normal”. And it’s worse to not even try to understand what goes on in their minds.
Sometimes, we have such defined rules for responding to our immediate environment that we don’t even think twice before acting. We forget that our external environment is made up of humans, with real emotions. We lose the purpose of our response, there is no time. We don’t realize that someone might get hurt in our attempt to ‘solve the problem and get it over with’.
So many of us want to do something for the greater good of mankind. Doesn’t it start with compassion? Don’t religions teach us to be compassionate? Didn’t we learn it in school since kindergarten? Isn’t it sad that we are missing out on admiring nature’s beauty by sorting people into normal and not-normal? Everyone is a part of the universe, right? So shouldn’t each have their fair share?