“I will go forth as a real outlaw,” he said, “and as men do robbery on the highway I will do right on the highway; and it will be counted a wilder crime.”
― G.K. Chesterton
What does it mean to do right? “If it harm none?” Does it mean being a rapturist (the opposite of a terrorist) who goes forth committing random acts of senseless kindness? What about the times when the right thing to do, the just thing to do is nothing? Can we sit back knowing that balance has brought people to a crossroads where violence may have been invited into their lives in order to stop them from going further down the path they have been? How do we know?
I sometimes become surprised at how many people, mainly younger, tell me that they have been contemplating suicide. I listen and most of the time I find out rather quickly that their real intention seems more to get people listening to them for they need to speak. I listen because that seems to me the right thing to do and inevitably I tell them that I believe that that may be a choice for them. I also ask them if they believe in reincarnation. If they tell me they do I ask them if they have considered that this life may indeed be one of the more pleasant ones. Pretty quickly they switch to telling me that things seem much brighter. Does it seem to be the right thing to dissuade them. At the time for sure, tho how would I feel if I were to read a month later that one of then went on a killing spree?
Still some things I choose to accept because for me at least currently they work. Compassion and empathy is always better. Love is better. Learning how to put these into right action and right thought tends to be a work in progress.
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Tarot Trump XI – Justice by G A Rosenberg
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