The Compassionate View

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The material Universe is so immeasurably vast that there’s no means for the human brain to fathom the distances, or the times, involved in its measureless measure. Within this, your life is both significant and insignificant at the same moment; there’s nothing lost in this vastness, and yet there’s nothing that’s completely known. In all this immensity, the one sensation that every human has to discover, in order to advance to their full potential, is inclusion -- the capacity to perceive the “other” as a part of the ‘self’. And this inclusion is to apply universally -- it’s to be the same for everything, everywhere. This is a prerequisite for you to advance toward compassionate living and true fulfillment. Let’s be honest here, it’s easy to include those who are closest -- this is the, “I am you and you are me routine.” But how do you include everyone and everything? It’s very difficult to include your enemies; to include the most despicable parts of this world -- or the most distant pieces. It’s confusing to think that all these parts are still you, but there’s an easier view that can get you started. Think of a photograph, the greater the clarity in the detail of a photograph is in the greater number of pixels it has . . . the more tiny dots per square inch (PSI). Also note that in order for the details of a photo to make sense, there has to be light, and shadow, and lines of distinction. Now view those parts of your world, that are extremely unpleasant, as simply the dots -- within the millions of dots (the PSI) -- that compose the shadows and lines in your total photograph . . . without them, there’s no measure, or depth in it. They make you distinct; they make you visible as you; without their inclusion in your world, there’s no way for you to be fully recognized as you. This is the nature of reality; this is the reality of compassion; this is the meaning of inclusion. Our prayer is that you include everyone and everything in the picture of your “self”; include them as they are -- with all their faults and flaws -- they are just pixels in your total picture. They allow your world to be richer in its depth and detail . . . this is the compassionate view.