Our world, and reality itself as we experience it, is a virtual interpretation orchestrated by our brains, based on its interpretation of frequency spectral inputs of light and sound, and the interpretation sent along neural pathways on the presence, pressure, and “feel” of touch. This interpretation is created and based not only on our physical structures, but on our DNA, our experience, and our cultural indoctrination for the first several formative years of our lives…at the minimum. Siblings have much different experiences of reality from each other, despite commonality in genetics and upbringing. So is it even possible for anyone else’s view of reality to be “more correct” than our own?
It’s a dangerous state when our mind-held beliefs become calcified even in the face of irrefutable evidence.
It’s even more dangerous when we believe that the voice inside our heads, with all of it’s tangled logic…is us.
If it IS us…then who’s listening? Who is listening to the voice in you’re head?
That’s right. Only the truly dangerous are capable of true compassion. Dangerous individuals are strong, empowered individuals and in almost any situation, they do not feel threatened, so they can CHOOSE to be compassionate. A weak, powerless individual is not compassionate; his flaccid response to a situation is not choice; its the only response he is capable of, until he has been oppressed long enough to explode in rage.
Empowering individuals is the single most important thing a society can do to reduce violence.
It’s easy to embrace the light, the sunshine, the warmth on our face. But we must also strive to embrace the darkness, our fears, and uncertainty. Facing the darkness is the only possible way of seeing the stars that can only be seen there.