I believe that people are intrinsically good. That compassion and love is our natural state. I believe we know what is right and good in our hearts…well, really in our stomach. I believe our gut is the center of our conscience, which is why when we act against compassion, we feel that yucky sick feeling in our stomach. Of course, we have the ability to push that feeling aside…we let our minds grow louder until we can’t hear what our gut is telling us. We rationalize, sending our moral compass into a spin, so that we can accommodate whatever agenda is driving us; it could be religious, political, cultural, familial influence, fear, etc.
Subjects like gay marriage, capitol punishment, our environmental crisis, religious terrorism, abortion, animal welfare, agricultural responsibility, immigration, racial and gender equality are all political hot topics. Aren’t the answers to these big questions already inside us?
When another person speaks against the compassionate option, I wish I could transfer my consciousness into theirs and feel for that string of doubt. They must know, at some level, that Bob, their gay coworker isn’t really going to hell or that there is something fundamentally wrong with eating a chicken that has been bred to be deformed and unable to stand. Why do people choose to turn their backs on compassion? Laziness? Fear?
I think there are areas where I turn my back on compassion. I’m going to meditate on them in hopes of understanding why I (we) do this. I would LOVE if others would be bold enough to share their own stories. I’m especially interested in understanding conflicts between religion and/or culture and one’s personal moral code. What happens when your religion or culture teaches you something you don’t agree with? How do you overcome your personal beliefs, or do you? Have you ever felt you have pushed compassion aside to accommodate someone else’s code of conduct? Where have you let your personal convictions trump your religious or cultural teachings? Share in the comments. ∞
“Truth has power. And if we all gravitate toward similar ideas, maybe we do so because those ideas are true…written deep within us. And when we hear the truth, even if we don’t understand it, we feel that truth resonate within us…vibrating with our unconscious wisdom. Perhaps the truth is not learned by us, but rather, the truth is re-called…re-membered…-re-cognized…as that which is already inside us.”
~Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol