Babemba. Forgiving. Being inherently good. Being afraid to deal with evil…

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In an African tribe, when someone makes something wrong, they put him in the center of the village and for 2 days they tell him all the good things he has done. They believe that people are inherently good and that every bad thing they say is just a cry out for help… (1)

The evil is out there.
And the only way to defend against it is to use good.

Try to punish and inflict evil on a person who has done harm,
and you will burry the goodness inside him for ever.

Jesus Christ died and forgave his killers.
Sure almost none of us has the strength to do something like that.
But this is exactly what shows us that this is the right thing to do…

Christ, Lao, Socrates, quantum mechanics…

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The great sages agreed on how we should live.

Christ spoke about living with love. He spoke about how we can feel God if we live properly. He told us not to get frustrated about life in this world – God cares for us as He cares for the sparrow. He declared that the weak and outcasts will eventually prevail. [New Testament]

Lao Tse said the same. Be yourself. Be decent but without making any special effort. Have tolerance. Follow the flow of the Universe. As the wind blows wherever and however he wants, so happiness will appear by itself whenever it wants. Be natural, let the wind take you where it wants. [Lao Tse , Tao Te Ching]

Socrates emphasized the value of knowing yourself. He did not speak with axioms, he just wanted to speak about the truth that lies within us. His greatest wisdom was that that he knew that he did not know anything. Simple and austere, he died for what he believed as Christ some years later also did. [Plato]

Jean Jacques Rousseau said it clearly: It is more important to live in virtue than studying it! [Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Science and the Arts] None of the above sages did leave any written monument (Tao left a single book at the urging of the guardian of the mountain pass where it was seen for the last time). And yet they defined the world. The Athenians may have had many philosophers, but the Spartans were the ones who lived virtuously. The importance of living a simple virtuous life instead of virtuous thinking is prevalent in each of these leading wise men. It may sound boring, but it’s not at all: Live simply. Most people today, led by the dominant capitalistic Protestantism, want to “do ” more and more things. But why should we “do something” at all times? [Harmonia Philosophica – see references to Feyerabend] The temporary material benefits of “doing something” cannot be compared with the happiness and completion offered by a life on the basis of “loving others and letting yourself to the care God”. It is not about fatalism. It is about wisdom. Caring only for love, toleration and forgiveness is not so “easy” as many people think. To the contrary – dealing with a thousand things and trying to make money is the easy way! Those who do not want to stay by themselves even for one minute – are afraid of themselves. Those who want more money, do not have the strength or the courage to look for the really important things in life. Those who want to “do something” usually do nothing for others.

Great wise men preferred anachoritism [αναχωρητισμός] than staying to act (Socrates, Christ, Tao, Heidegger).

It takes courage to stand still for a while and listen to the One who cries out to you: “You’re already here! You are already a part of me! Do not try to understand. Do not move constantly trying to forget yourself. Try to remember what you already know!” …

As a modern quantum mechanics physicist, Lao said “Do not pollute the world with your observation and action!” Man is the border line between the perishable world of the phenomena and the eternal world of substance. And only if we can reduce our impact to zero will we make this separation disappear.

Don’t look at the skyscapers. Look at the sparrow. [Christ] Seek the empty so that you can be full. [Tao]

Nazis. Time for forgiveness?

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Where should we bury that Nazi? Our society cannot accept his body. Nor can our church! (1)

You see Jesus may have forgiven the sinners who were crucified with him, but modern church has politics to think about.

You may claim “forgiveness for everyone” as long as you do not practice it…

Modern society does not have room for forgiveness.

Even after you are dead…

Forgiving…

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People who managed to forgive the murderer of their loved ones. [1]

A really astrounding article showing that humanism and forgiveness are much greater powers than hate and biterness.

The true Christian way of dealing with events of this magnitude. If only we all had the courage these people had…

The whole philosophy of life can be condenced into one simple phrase: Forgive.

Understand others. Let them be you. Be them.

Being You is the easy part…

Treacherousness

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We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.  ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Next time someone ill-treats you, think twice before getting angry.

Bad behaviour could be a result of weakness, rather than pure evil.

Double check and see things from another perspective. Evil is most of the time synonym with powerlessness or a deep sense of vulnerability.

Smile and try to understand the others.

Most of the time they are just crying for help in their own way…

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