I was going to write something about "Just for today, be kind to all living things" but I have a problem with the ruling elite. Can we be kind to them? Should we be kind to them? Should we ignore them?

Jesus said "love thy enemy" and "forgive them father, they know not what they do". Can we / should we find such compassion?

I'm stuck, all constructive comments welcome.

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Matt 5:43-45
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

@dallin That's a beautiful quote.

Yes, I think that may be the only way out of the craziness - to dive into the goodness within us, be true to our true selves and find more love and compassion than we ever found before.

All religions preach LOVE. I hope that all religious people, and indeed all people, will accept that LOVE is the only way and the only way is LOVE and come together in LOVE in these terrible times. We can make this ❤️ real. We ALL have infinite goodness within us.

I think one can be kind and do good to others while also doing what they can to protect themselves from abuse or avoid enabling others in abusive or destructive behavior. Sometimes there is nothing you can do but pray. But prayer can be powerful.

@dallin "Sometimes there is nothing you can do but pray. But prayer can be powerful."

I always think there must be something practical we can do to show the evil ones (the ones we can't get near or communicate with) there is something much better, more fulfilling for them, than playing God and gathering all the resources of the world into their ownership. But perhaps they'll only understand that when it's too late.

Meanwhile, perhaps it's as you say, there's nothing we can do but pray. 😢

@peter I tend to face this question every time I see our friend Billy's face. It helps me to make a distinction between his earthly persona and his higher self.

@pleiades It's hard to remember Billy has a higher self. If we take him at face value and look for the good in him, we'll agree with his words about saving the world etc.

But the good in him isn't in his words or actions. Like you say, it is his higher self. He has one somewhere but it's very hard to find.

Please show us some of your higher self, Bill!

@peter I tend to accept the premise that everything that exists comes from God expressing itself in infinite ways, including Bill. Nevertheless I think Bill is a just PR minion of the occult community.

@pleiades Interesting idea, will have to think about that one!

@peter It seems this universe is founded on the primordial distortion of free will, which allows to express oneself either through service to others or service to self. Both ways are valid, although ultimately I think we will all reach a point at the ladder where service to others is the only possibility to keep advancing but that will arrive much later.

@pleiades It may seem that way, but I have faith that the distortion is part of the illusion and all is well in reality. Service to self is the same as service to others really because it is all service to the Self when done by the Self for the Self.

But making that happen "on earth as it is in heaven" is a huge task. But it's amazing what people can do with their brains - incredible advances - so perhaps there can be a way to "flick the switch" and they'll put their hearts into everything.

@peter "it is all service to the Self when done by the Self for the Self" Perhaps a more proper term would be "service to ego", disconnected from the Self. Great insight.

@pleiades Service to ego - yes, I like that. You're very good with words, and they are English and you're Spanish. The fediverse is very fortunate to have such a multi-gifted dude in its midst.

@peter Billy and company clearly chose the service to self path. Now, what does it mean to be kind to them? Does it mean that we should allow their actions onto us even when they are harmful to us? I don't think so. The same way we can love them, we should also love ourselves, which means that there will be situations where we will have to say "no". That does not mean we hate them, or that we are imposing our will, for it is the higher will the one we choose to aim for.

@peter Sometimes love means saying "no". With children for example, there are many times that for their own sake, we must limit their actions, we don't do it because we hate them, but because we want them to receive an education that will help them grow and cultivate positive values. That does not mean we don't love them.

@peter Regarding Bill and company, it is their choice to limit our freedom. It is fair that we can also choose to defend our own freedom, so ultimately whatever comebacks they get is a consequence of their own actions as long as these are based on domination. Jesus once got rid of those pesky merchants at his temple. They can still trade at the market if they want, but not in our temple.

@peter The answer always lies in the heart. By listening to it, we can always know what is right. For good or bad, this cosmos is constructed on a framework of syzygies or union of opposites. Yesterday I saw an image that advocated for shooting pedophiles. As a society, I think nothing is gained by killing people. On the other hand, for the sake of our children it is fair to keep pedophiles away from our children. It is not a matter of making them suffer, but a matter of avoiding suffer.

@pleiades I also think nothing is gained by killing people. I went to a meeting by people involved in the rehabilitation of pedophiles. Lots of people were calling for them to be named, shamed, locked up etc but the counsellors had so much love they convinced everyone there, I think, they needed therapy, rehab, love and kindness just like everyone else. Although it may not be obvious to most of us, there's a lot of amazing work going on by people who have hearts full of LOVE.

@peter We can always do. How to do? By identifying the intention of our actions. The difference between anger and passion, as you very well presented.

@pleiades Yes, intention is a very powerful force. We can use intention to reach the Self, ask the Self for help and to heal for the greatest good of all. For me prayer and intention mean the same thing, both are so much more than repeating words.

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