Yeah, but when they hurt me they are considering their own self-interest to the detriment of my own. When this imbalance goes too far, I no longer want to continue the relationship. Perhaps they are not spiritual enough beings, as yourselves. Perhaps I simply don't like pain. So yes, I can be self-serving, but only in recognizing that those around me are self serving, or even more self-serving. Or even significantly more self-serving.That's what I said.
Isn't this agape? Or do I not know my greek terms.moving always wrote:Loving your friends in the manner with which you do now is a good starting point, but if you desire, as I desire, to love from your awareness of your creation where A = A, then your love will have to expand beyond your self-centred world.
I argue that it is difficult to leave my self-centered world entirely as I am lodged pretty firmly inside a self.
I think that this is what you said earlier, though. Someone said this earlier.
Also. Has anyone actually tried to put this kind of love into practice? My experience is that one is viewed as naive.
And yet, young children seem to respond so well to it, which leads me to believe that this concept is more firmly grounded in the human psyche than would first appear.
Then another parakeet will distract you from the internal, gaping void of meaninglessness.Denis Mahar wrote:It means 'lacks inherent existence'.
Actually, I'm pretty sure suffering is just suffering.Denis Mahar wrote:Suffering produces the pearl.
Stop trying to find patterns in things when they don't exist. :(