A fine mind said this . . . . . . .
“But here she is, all mine, trying her best to give me all she can. How can I ever hurt her? But I didn’t understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair.”
~ “South of the Border, West of the Sun” by Haruki Murakami
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. No one can be neutral. You cannot start from scratch, you cannot decide to start again in a world where bread is given out fairly.
There are consequences that come out of prolonged efforts to find out about yourself. We are always applying what we learn, whether we see it in action or not, whether we want to or not. To cut a long story short, this means that changing ourselves and changing the world are the same thing, even if the connection is hard to see. And this is a two way street. Perhaps you have already saved the life of the next Hitler. What you do, both deliberately and accidentally, affects you and the world (this connects to the page on Patterns). This interaction involves complexity beyond our imagining. Trying to predict and track such change is vastly difficult. Yet we see that a few snowflakes can start an avalanche. The acorn grows into a tall tree. In essence, this means the seeds in your heart are true, they will bear good fruit eventually. In summary, get your heart right and then your choices follow more easily. It does not rule out error, it might still be a road to hell, but you have done all you can if your heart is clear. If you are not sure if your heart is clear, then, find out. You find out by applying your method of self-discovery.
If you can find what is really true for you, it follows, that you stand a better chance of seeing what is true in the world. In other words, we can find what is true ‘outside’ as well as ‘inside’ (and it is usual, to start on the ‘inside’ first). It therefore follows, if you can find what is true in the world, then, you can decide which parts of the process to nurture.
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