My Religion is Kindness

It’s equally logical to view human beings as essentially flawed, sinful and evil … or as essentially good, compassionate and loving.  We all have all these characteristics;  which to regard as “the real thing” is a matter of emphasis, of choice.

If I choose to believe we are essentially bad, I expect, enable and reinforce evil behavior.  I treat you badly, and myself too.  I shut down my compassion and love.  I experience the world as threatening, I tighten my body, I impair my health.

If I choose to believe we are essentially good, I create a world that fulfills this expectation.  I heal and grow, and encourage the flowering of love, beauty and joy.

I’m not exactly a Buddhist.  But I’m with the Dalai Lama when he says “My religion is kindness.”