Important thing about myth is that it's not just something that you believe, a myth is essentially a program for action. And unless you translate a mythical story, or a doctrine out of the church, into practical action, it just remains incomprehensible. Rather like the rules of a board game which seem very sort of dull and complicated and incomprehensible until you pick up the dice and start to play, when everything falls into place.
important quotesthing quotesmyth quotesessentially quotesprogram quotesaction quotestranslate quotesmythical quotesstory quotesdoctrine quoteschurch quotespractical quotesaction quotesremains quotesincomprehensible quotesrules quotesboard quotesgame quotessort quotesdull quotescomplicated quotesincomprehensible quotespick quotesdice quotesstart quotesplay quotesfalls quotesplace quotes
Compassion is not a popular virtue. Very often when I talk to religious people, and mention how important it is that compassion is the key, that it's the sine-qua-non of religion, people look kind of balked, and stubborn sometimes, as much to say, what's the point of having religion if you can't disapprove of other people?
The more aggressive our ideologies become, the more aggressive our discourse whether it's in the United States, from Washington D.C., or whether it's from Tehran, or from some underground Al-Qaeda cell. The more aggressive that discourse is, the more people of moderate persuasion have to organize and speak a voice of compassion. That means to feel with the other.
Myth was regarded as primary; it was concerned with what was thought to be timeless and constant in our existence. Myth looked back to the origins of life, to the foundations of culture, and to the deepest levels of the human mind. Myth was not concerned with practical matters, but with meaning. Unless we find some significance in our lives, we mortal men and women fall very easily into despair. The mythos of a society provided people with a context that made sense of their day-to-day lives; it directed their attention to the eternal and the universal.
myth quotesregarded quotesprimary quotesconcerned quotesthought quotestimeless quotesconstant quotesexistence quoteslooked quotesback quotesorigins quoteslife quotesfoundations quotesculture quotesdeepest quoteslevels quoteshuman quotesmind quotespractical quotesmatters quotesmeaning quotesfind quotessignificance quoteslives quotesmortal quotesmen quoteswomen quotesfall quoteseasily quotesdespair quotesmythos quotessociety quotesprovided quotespeople quotescontext quotesmade quotessense quotesdaytoday quoteslives quotesdirected quotesattention quoteseternal quotesuniversal quotes
He [Aristotle] pointed out that people who had become initiates in the various mystery religions were not required to learn any facts 'but to experience certain emotions and to be put in a certain disposition.' Hence his famous literary theory that tragedy effected a purification (katharsis) of the emotions of terror and pity that amounted to an experience of rebirth.
aristotle quotespointed quotespeople quotesinitiates quotesmystery quotesreligions quotesrequired quoteslearn quotesfacts quotesbut quotesexperience quotesemotions quotesput quotesdisposition quotesfamous quotesliterary quotestheory quotestragedy quoteseffected quotespurification quoteskatharsis quotesterror quotespity quotesamounted quotesrebirth quotes
I had tried, as I thought as a nun, to open myself to God and God seemed totally uninterested in me. The heavens remained closed and opaque. I now realize, of course, that I had a very, very inadequate idea of God. I was expecting clouds to part, a little sort of whisper in my ear, and of course, that's not what God is. God is not another being; we are talking about something much more profound.
Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, an ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed. The myths and laws of religion are not true because they they conform to some metaphysical, scientific or historical reality but because they are life enhancing. They tell you how human nature functions, but you will not discover their truth unless you apply these myths and doctrines to your own life and put them into practice.
religion quotesaccepting quotestwenty quotesimpossible quotespropositions quotesbreakfast quotesthings quoteschange quotesmoral quotesaesthetic quotesethical quotesalchemy quotesbehave quotestransformed quotesmyths quoteslaws quotesreligion quotestrue quotesconform quotesmetaphysical quotesscientific quoteshistorical quotesreality quoteslife quotesenhancing quoteshuman quotesnature quotesfunctions quotesdiscover quotestruth quotesapply quotesdoctrines quotesput quotespractice quotes
If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, of self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God's name, it was bad theology.
understanding quotesdivine quotesmade quoteskinder quotesempathetic quotesimpelled quotesexpress quotessympathy quotesconcrete quotesacts quoteslovingkindness quotesgood quotestheology quotesnotion quotesgod quotesunkind quotesbelligerent quotescruel quotesselfrighteous quotesled quoteskill quotesgods quotesbad quotes
What seems wrong to you is right for him What is poison to one is honey to someone else. Purity and impurity, sloth and diligence in worship, These mean nothing to Me. I am apart from all that. Ways of worshipping are not to be ranked as better or worse than one another. Hindus do Hindu things. The Dravidian Muslims in India do what they do. It's all praise, and it's all right. It's not I that's glorified in acts of worship. It's the worshippers! I don't hear the words they say. I look inside at the humility. That broken-open lowliness is the Reality, not the language! Forget phraseology. I want burning, burning. Be Friends with your burning. Burn up your thinking and your forms of expression!
wrong quotespoison quoteshoney quotespurity quotesimpurity quotessloth quotesdiligence quotesworship quotesways quotesworshipping quotesranked quotesworse quoteshindus quoteshindu quotesthings quotesdravidian quotesmuslims quotesindia quotespraise quotesglorified quotesacts quotesworship quotesworshippers quoteshear quoteswords quotesinside quoteshumility quotesbrokenopen quoteslowliness quotesreality quoteslanguage quotesforget quotesphraseology quotesburning quotesburning quotesfriends quotesburn quotesthinking quotesforms quotesexpression quotes
In the tenth century BC, the priests of India devised the Brahmodya competition, which would become a model of authentic theological discourse. The object was to find a verbal formula to define the Brahman, the ultimate and inexpressible reality beyond human understanding. The idea was to push language as far as it would go, until participants became aware of the ineffable. The challenger, drawing on his immense erudition, began the process by asking an enigmatic question and his opponents had to reply in a way that was apt but equally inscrutable. The winner was the contestant who reduced the others to silence. In that moment of silence, the Brahman was present - not in the ingenious verbal declarations but in the stunning realisation of the impotence of speech. Nearly all religious traditions have devised their own versions of this exercise. It was not a frustrating experience; the finale can, perhaps, be compared to the moment at the end of the symphony, when there is a full and pregnant beat of silence in the concert hall before the applause begins. The aim of good theology is to help the audience to live for a while in that silence.
tenth quotescentury quotesbc quotespriests quotesindia quotesdevised quotesbrahmodya quotescompetition quotesmodel quotesauthentic quotestheological quotesdiscourse quotesobject quotesfind quotesverbal quotesformula quotesdefine quotesbrahman quotesultimate quotesinexpressible quotesreality quoteshuman quotesunderstanding quotesidea quotespush quoteslanguage quotesparticipants quotesaware quotesineffable quoteschallenger quotesdrawing quotesimmense quoteserudition quotesbegan quotesprocess quotesenigmatic quotesquestion quotesopponents quotesreply quotesapt quotesequally quotesinscrutable quoteswinner quotescontestant quotesreduced quotessilence quotesmoment quotessilence quotesbrahman quotespresent quotesingenious quotesdeclarations quotesstunning quotesrealisation quotesimpotence quotesspeech quotesreligious quotestraditions quotesversions quotesexercise quotesfrustrating quotesexperience quotesfinale quotescompared quotesend quotessymphony quotesfull quotespregnant quotesbeat quotessilence quotesconcert quoteshall quotesapplause quotesbegins quotesaim quotesgood quotestheology quotesaudience quoteslive quotes
We need myths that will help us to identify with all our fellow-beings, not simply with those who belong to our ethnic, national or ideological tribe. We need myths that help us to realize the importance of compassion, which is not always regarded as sufficiently productive or efficient in our pragmatic, rational world. We need myths that help us to create a spiritual attitude, to see beyond our immediate requirements, and enable us to experience a transcendent value that challenges our solipsistic selfishness. We need myths that help us to venerate the earth as sacred once again, instead of merely using it as a 'resource.' This is crucial, because unless there is some kind of spiritual revolution that is able to keep abreast of our technological genius, we will not save our planet.
myths quotesidentify quotesfellowbeings quotessimply quotesbelong quotesethnic quotesnational quotesideological quotestribe quotesrealize quotesimportance quotescompassion quotesregarded quotessufficiently quotesproductive quotesefficient quotespragmatic quotesrational quotesworld quotescreate quotesspiritual quotesattitude quotesrequirements quotesenable quotesexperience quotestranscendent quoteschallenges quotessolipsistic quotesselfishness quotesvenerate quotesearth quotessacred quotesresource quotescrucial quoteskind quotesrevolution quotesabreast quotestechnological quotesgenius quotessave quotesplanet quotes
The constant reprimands made me hyperconscious of my own performance, and so instead of getting rid of self, I had become embedded in the egoism I was supposed to transcend. Now I was beginning to understand that a silence that is not clamorous with vexation and worried self-regard can become part of the texture of your mind, can seep into you, moment by moment, and gradually change you.
constant quotesreprimands quotesmade quoteshyperconscious quotesperformance quotesrid quotesembedded quotesegoism quotessupposed quotestranscend quotesbeginning quotesunderstand quotessilence quotesclamorous quotesvexation quotesworried quotesselfregard quotespart quotestexture quotesmind quotesseep quotesmoment quotesmoment quotesgradually quoteschange quotes
Theologians in all the great faiths have devised all kinds of myths to show that this type of kenosis, of self-emptying, is found in the life of God itself. They do not do this because it sounds edifying, but because this is the way that human nature seems to work. We are most creative and sense other possibilities that transcend our ordinary experience when we leave ourselves behind.
theologians quotesgreat quotesfaiths quotesdevised quoteskinds quotesmyths quotesshow quotestype quoteskenosis quotesselfemptying quotesfound quoteslife quotesgod quotessounds quotesedifying quoteshuman quotesnature quoteswork quotescreative quotessense quotespossibilities quotestranscend quotesordinary quotesexperience quotesleave quotes
Ibn al-Arabi gave this advice: Do not attach yourself to any particular creed exclusively, so that you may disbelieve all the rest; otherwise you will lose much good, nay, you will fail to recognize the real truth of the matter. God, the omnipresent and omnipotent, is not limited by any one creed, for he says, 'Wheresoever ye turn, there is the face of Allah' (Koran 2:109). Everyone praises what he believes; his god is his own creature, and in praising it he praises himself. Consequently, he blames the disbelief of others, which he would not do if he were just, but his dislike is based on ignorance.
ibn quotesalarabi quotesgave quotesadvice quotesattach quotescreed quotesexclusively quotesdisbelieve quotesrest quoteslose quotesgood quotesnay quotesfail quotesrecognize quotesreal quotestruth quotesmatter quotesgod quotesomnipresent quotesomnipotent quoteslimited quotescreed quoteswheresoever quotesye quotesturn quotesface quotesallah quoteskoran quotes2109 quotespraises quotesbelieves quotesgod quotescreature quotespraising quotesblames quotesdisbelief quotesdislike quotesbased quotesignorance quotes
In [the] early days, Muslims did not see Islam as a new, exclusive religion but as a continuation of the primordial faith of the 'People of the Book', the Jews and Christians. In one remarkable passage, God insists that Muslims must accept indiscriminately the revelations of every single one of God's messengers: Abraham, Isaac, Ishamel, Jacob, Moses, Jesus and all the other prophets. The Qur'an is simply a 'confirmation' of the previous scriptures. Nobody must be forced to accept Islam, because each of the revealed traditions had its own din; it was not God's will that all human beings should belong to the same faith community. God was not the exclusive property of any one tradition; the divine light could not be confined to a single lamp, belonged neither to the East or to the West, but enlightened all human beings. Muslims must speak courteously to the People of the Book, debate with them only in 'the most kindly manner', remember that they worshipped the same God, and not engage in pointless, aggressive disputes.
early quotesdays quotesmuslims quotesislam quotesexclusive quotesreligion quotescontinuation quotesprimordial quotesfaith quotespeople quotesbook quotesjews quoteschristians quotesremarkable quotespassage quotesgod quotesinsists quotesaccept quotesindiscriminately quotesrevelations quotessingle quotesgods quotesmessengers quotesabraham quotesisaac quotesishamel quotesjacob quotesmoses quotesjesus quotesprophets quotesquran quotessimply quotesconfirmation quotesprevious quotesscriptures quotesforced quotesislam quotesrevealed quotestraditions quotesdin quoteshuman quotesbeings quotesbelong quotescommunity quotesproperty quotestradition quotesdivine quoteslight quotesconfined quoteslamp quotesbelonged quoteseast quoteswest quotesenlightened quotesbeings quotesspeak quotescourteously quotespeople quotesbook quotesdebate quotesthe quoteskindly quotesmanner quotesremember quotesworshipped quotesgod quotesengage quotespointless quotesaggressive quotesdisputes quotes
The new atheists show a disturbing lack of understanding of or concern about the complexity and ambiguity of modern experience, and their polemic entirely fails to mention the concern for justice and compassion that, despite their undeniable failings, has been espoused by all three of the monotheisms. Religious fundamentalists also develop an exagerrated view of their enemy as the epitome of evil. This tendency makes critique of the new atheists too easy. They never discuss the work of such theologians as Bultmann or Tillich, who offer a very different view of religion and are closer to mainstream tradition than any fundamentalist. Unlike Feurerbach, Marx and Freud, the new atheists are not theologically literate. As one of their critics has remarked, in any military strategy it is essential to confront the enemy at its strongest point; failure to do so means that their polemic remains shallow and lacks intellectual depth. It is also morally and intellectually conservative. Unlike Feurerback, Marx, Ingersoll or Mill, these new Atheists show little concern about the poverty, injustice and humiliation that has inspired many of the atrocities they deplore; they show no yearning for a better world. Nor, like Nietzsche , Sartre or Camus, do they compel their readers to face up to the pointlessness and futility that ensue when people lack the resources to create a sense of meaning. They do not appear to consider the effect of such nihilism on people who do not have privileged lives and absorbing work.
atheists quotesshow quotesdisturbing quoteslack quotesunderstanding quotesconcern quotescomplexity quotesambiguity quotesmodern quotesexperience quotespolemic quotesfails quotesmention quotesjustice quotescompassion quotesundeniable quotesfailings quotesespoused quotesmonotheisms quotesreligious quotesfundamentalists quotesdevelop quotesexagerrated quotesview quotesenemy quotesepitome quotesevil quotestendency quotesmakes quotescritique quoteseasy quotesdiscuss quoteswork quotestheologians quotesbultmann quotestillich quotesoffer quotesreligion quotescloser quotesmainstream quotestradition quotesfundamentalist quotesunlike quotesfeurerbach quotesmarx quotesfreud quotestheologically quotesliterate quotescritics quotesremarked quotesmilitary quotesstrategy quotesessential quotesconfront quotesstrongest quotespoint quotesfailure quotesmeans quotesremains quotesshallow quoteslacks quotesintellectual quotesdepth quotesmorally quotesintellectually quotesconservative quotesfeurerback quotesmarx quotesingersoll quotesmill quotesatheists quotespoverty quotesinjustice quoteshumiliation quotesinspired quotesatrocities quotesdeplore quotesyearning quotesworld quotesnietzsche quotessartre quotescamus quotescompel quotesreaders quotesface quotespointlessness quotesfutility quotesensue quotespeople quotesresources quotescreate quotessense quotesmeaning quoteseffect quotesnihilism quotesprivileged quoteslives quotesabsorbing quoteswork quotes
For Dawkins, atheism is a necessary consequence of evolution. He has argued that the religious impulse is simply an evolutionary mistake, a 'misfiring of something useful', it is a kind if virus, parasitic on cognitive systems naturally selected because they had enabled a species to survive. Dawkins is an extreme exponent of the scientific naturalism, originally formulated by d'Holbach, that has now become a major worldview among intellectuals. More moderate versions of this 'scientism' have been articulated by Carl Sagan, Steven Weinberg, and Daniel Dennett, who have all claimed that one has to choose between science and faith. For Dennett, theology has been rendered superfluous, because biology can provide a better explanation of why people are religious. But for Dawkins, like the other 'new atheists' - Sam Harris, the young American philosopher and student of neuroscience, and Christopher Hitchens, critic and journalist - religion is the cause of the problems of our world; it is the source of absolute evil and 'poisons everything.' They see themselves in the vanguard of a scientific/rational movement that will eventually expunge the idea of God from human consciousness. But other atheists and scientists are wary of this approach. The American zoologist Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) followed Monod in his discussion of the implications of evolution. Everything in the natural world could indeed be explained by natural selection, but Gould insisted that science was not competent to decide whether God did or did not exist, because it could only work with natural explanations. Gould had no religious axe to grind; he described himself as an atheistically inclined agnostic, but pointed out that Darwin himself had denied he was an atheist and that other eminent Darwinians - Asa Gray, Charles D. Walcott, G. G. Simpson, and Theodosius Dobzhansky - had been either practicing Christians or agnostics. Atheism did not, therefore, seem to be a necessary consequence of accepting evolutionary theory, and Darwinians who held forth dogmatically on the subject were stepping beyond the limitations that were proper to science.
dawkins quotesatheism quotesconsequence quotesevolution quotesargued quotesreligious quotesimpulse quotessimply quotesevolutionary quotesmistake quotesmisfiring quotesuseful quoteskind quotesvirus quotesparasitic quotescognitive quotessystems quotesnaturally quotesselected quotesenabled quotesspecies quotessurvive quotesdawkins quotesextreme quotesexponent quotesscientific quotesnaturalism quotesoriginally quotesformulated quotesdholbach quotesmajor quotesworldview quotesintellectuals quotesmoderate quotesversions quotesscientism quotesarticulated quotescarl quotessagan quotessteven quotesweinberg quotesdaniel quotesdennett quotesclaimed quoteschoose quotesscience quotesfaith quotestheology quotesrendered quotessuperfluous quotesbiology quotesprovide quotesexplanation quotespeople quotesreligious quotesnew quotesatheists quotessam quotesharris quotesyoung quotesamerican quotesphilosopher quotesstudent quotesneuroscience quoteschristopher quoteshitchens quotescritic quotesjournalist quotesreligion quotesproblems quotesworld quotessource quotesabsolute quotesevil quotespoisons quoteseverything quotesvanguard quotesscientificrational quotesmovement quoteseventually quotesexpunge quotesidea quotesgod quoteshuman quotesconsciousness quotesatheists quotesscientists quoteswary quotesapproach quoteszoologist quotesstephen quotesjay quotesgould quotes19412002 quotesmonod quotesdiscussion quotesimplications quotesnatural quotesworld quotesexplained quotesselection quotesinsisted quotescompetent quotesdecide quotesexist quoteswork quotesexplanations quotesaxe quotesgrind quotesatheistically quotesinclined quotesagnostic quotespointed quotesdarwin quotesdenied quotesatheist quoteseminent quotesdarwinians quotesasa quotesgray quotescharles quotesd quoteswalcott quotesg quotessimpson quotestheodosius quotesdobzhansky quotespracticing quoteschristians quotesagnostics quotesatheism quotesaccepting quotestheory quotesheld quotesdogmatically quotessubject quotesstepping quoteslimitations quotesproper quotesscience quotes
a novel, like a myth or any great work of art, can become an initiation that helps us to make a painful rite of passage from one phase of life, one state of mind, to another. A novel, like a myth, teaches us to see the world differently; it shows us how to look into our own hearts and to see our world from a perspective that goes beyond our own self-interest.
After a time I found that I could almost listen to the silence, which had a dimension all of its own. I started to attend to its strange and beautiful texture, which of course, it was impossible to express in words. I discovered that I felt at home and alive in the silence, which compelled me to enter my interior world and around there. Without the distraction of constant conversation, the words on the page began to speak directly to my inner self. They were no long expressing ideas that were simply interesting intellectually, but were talking directly to my own yearning and perplexity.
time quotesfound quoteslisten quotessilence quotesdimension quotesstarted quotesattend quotesstrange quotesbeautiful quotestexture quotesimpossible quotesexpress quoteswords quotesdiscovered quotesfelt quoteshome quotesalive quotescompelled quotesenter quotesinterior quotesworld quotesdistraction quotesconstant quotesconversation quoteswords quotespage quotesbegan quotesspeak quotesdirectly quoteslong quotesexpressing quotesideas quotessimply quotesinteresting quotesintellectually quotestalking quotesyearning quotesperplexity quotes
Yet the experience of reading a novel has certain qualities that remind us of the traditional apprehension of mythology. It can be seen as a form of meditation. Readers have to live with a novel for days or even weeks. It projects them into another world, parallel to but apart from their ordinary lives. They know perfectly well that this fictional realm is not 'real' and yet while they are reading it becomes compelling. A powerful novel becomes part of the backdrop of our lives, long after we have laid the book aside.
experience quotesreading quotesqualities quotesremind quotestraditional quotesapprehension quotesmythology quotesform quotesmeditation quotesreaders quoteslive quotesdays quotesweeks quotesprojects quotesworld quotesparallel quotesordinary quoteslives quotesperfectly quotesfictional quotesrealm quotesreal quotescompelling quotespowerful quotespart quotesbackdrop quoteslives quoteslong quoteslaid quotesbook quotes
This was the scientific age, and people wanted to believe that their traditions were in line with the new era, but this was impossible if you thought that these myths should be understood literally. Hence the furor occasioned by The Origin of Species, published by Charles Darwin. The book was not intended as an attack on religion, but was a sober exploration of a scientific hypothesis. But because by this time people were reading the cosmogonies of Genesis as though they were factual, many Christians felt-and still feel-that the whole edifice of faith was in jeopardy. Creation stories had never been regarded as historically accurate; their purpose was therapeutic. But once you start reading Genesis as scientifically valid, you have bad science and bad religion.
scientific quotesage quotespeople quoteswanted quotestraditions quotesline quotesera quotesimpossible quotesthought quotesmyths quotesunderstood quotesliterally quotesfuror quotesoccasioned quotesorigin quotesspecies quotespublished quotescharles quotesdarwin quotesbook quotesintended quotesattack quotesreligion quotessober quotesexploration quoteshypothesis quotestime quotesreading quotescosmogonies quotesgenesis quotesfactual quoteschristians quotesfeltand quotesfeelthat quotesedifice quotesfaith quotesjeopardy quotescreation quotesstories quotesregarded quoteshistorically quotesaccurate quotespurpose quotestherapeutic quotesstart quotesscientifically quotesvalid quotesbad quotesscience quotesreligion quotes
We are meaning-seeking creatures. Dogs, as far as we know, do not agonise about the canine condition, worry about the plight of dogs in other parts of the world, or try to see their lives from a different perspective. But human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value
meaningseeking quotescreatures quotesdogs quotesagonise quotescanine quotescondition quotesworry quotesplight quotesdogs quotesparts quotesworld quoteslives quotesperspective quoteshuman quotesbeings quotesfall quoteseasily quotesdespair quotesbeginning quotesinvented quotesstories quotesenabled quotesplace quoteslarger quotessetting quotesrevealed quotesunderlying quotespattern quotesgave quotessense quotesdepressing quoteschaotic quotesevidence quotescontrary quoteslife quotesmeaning quotes
We have seen that a myth could never approached in a purely profane setting. It was only comprehensible in a liturgical context that set it apart from everyday life; it must be experienced as part of a process of personal transformation. None, of this surely applies to the novel, which can be read anywhere at all witout ritual trappings, and must, if it is any good, eschew the overtly didactic. Yet the experience of reading a novel has certain qualities that remind us of the mythology. It can be seen as a form of mediation. Readers have to live with a novel for days or even weeks. It prljects them into another worl, parallel to but apart from their ordinary lives. They know perfectly well that this fictional realm is not 'real' and yet while they are reading it becomes compelling. A powerful novel bcomes part of the backdrop of lives long after we have laid the book aside. It is an excercise of make-believe, that like yoga or a religious festival breaks down barriers of space and time and extends our sympathies to empathise with others lives and sorrows. It teaches compassion, the ability to 'feel with' others. And, like mythology , an important novel is transformative. If we allow it do so, can change us forever.
myth quotesapproached quotespurely quotesprofane quotessetting quotescomprehensible quotesliturgical quotescontext quotesset quoteseveryday quoteslife quotesexperienced quotespart quotesprocess quotespersonal quotestransformation quotessurely quotesapplies quotesread quoteswitout quotesritual quotestrappings quotesgood quoteseschew quotesovertly quotesdidactic quotesexperience quotesreading quotesqualities quotesremind quotesmythology quotesform quotesmediation quotesreaders quoteslive quotesdays quotesweeks quotesprljects quotesworl quotesparallel quotesordinary quoteslives quotesperfectly quotesfictional quotesrealm quotesreal quotescompelling quotespowerful quotesbcomes quotesbackdrop quoteslives quoteslong quoteslaid quotesbook quotesexcercise quotesmakebelieve quotesyoga quotesreligious quotesfestival quotesbreaks quotesbarriers quotesspace quotestime quotesextends quotessympathies quotesempathise quotessorrows quotesteaches quotescompassion quotesability quotesfeel quoteswith quotesmythology quotesimportant quotestransformative quoteschange quotesforever quotes
We are absolutely right to condemn the suicide bomber's targeting of innocent civilians and mourn his victims. But as we have seen, in war the state also targets such victims; during the 20th century, the rate of civilian deaths rose sharply and now stands at 90 percent. In the West we solemnize the deaths of our regular troops carefully and recurrently honor the memory of the soldier who dies do his country. Yet the civilian deaths we cause are rarely mentioned, and there has been no sustained outcry in the West against them. Suicide bombing shocks us to the core; but should it be more shocking than the deaths of thousands of children in their homelands every every year because of land mines? Or collateral damage in a drone strike?
absolutely quotescondemn quotessuicide quotesbombers quotestargeting quotesinnocent quotescivilians quotesmourn quotesvictims quoteswar quotesstate quotestargets quotesvictims quotes20th quotescentury quotesrate quotescivilian quotesdeaths quotesrose quotessharply quotesstands quotes90 quotespercent quoteswest quotessolemnize quotesregular quotestroops quotescarefully quotesrecurrently quoteshonor quotesmemory quotessoldier quotesdies quotescountry quotesrarely quotesmentioned quotessustained quotesoutcry quotessuicide quotesbombing quotesshocks quotescore quotesshocking quotesthousands quoteschildren quoteshomelands quotesyear quotesland quotesmines quotescollateral quotesdamage quotesdrone quotesstrike quotes
Compassion dervies from the Latin patiri and the Greek pathein, meaning "to suffer, undergo or experience." So "compassion" means "to endure [something] with another person, " to put ourselves in somebody else's shoes, to feel her pain as though it were our own, and to enter generously into his point of view. That is why our hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else. Compassion can be defined, therefore, as an attitude of principled, consistent altruism.
compassion quotesdervies quoteslatin quotespatiri quotesgreek quotespathein quotesmeaning quotessuffer quotesundergo quotesexperience quotescompassion quotesmeans quotesendure quotesperson quotesput quoteselses quotesshoes quotesfeel quotespain quotesenter quotesgenerously quotespoint quotesview quoteshearts quotesdiscover quotespain quotesrefuse quotescircumstance quoteswhatsoever quotesinflict quotesdefined quotesattitude quotesprincipled quotesconsistent quotesaltruism quotes