Understanding pain is vital if we wish to bring relief to useless suffering. To reduce useless pain is nurturing to love. But what does that actually mean? We should understand two sources of suffering.
People wrongly confuse one who defends any lover’s freedom to love or even to leave, with NOT caring about that lover. Valuing someone beyond being a means to our own ends is immense respect for another, it recognizes their life is precious as an end unto itself.
Let us differentiate the inestimable benefits of accumulated knowledge from the tendency to hold fast to the past out of fear of the unknown. The beliefs we cling to, particularly about ourselves, are a denial of the growth of knowledge. When our habits have a stronger impact on us than facts, we are in danger […]