Sunday, November 26, 2006
"When our focus is on others, on a wish to free them from their misery--this is compassion."
--The Dalai Lama
This succinct quote from the Dalai Lama is thought provoking and it raises a significant question: are you happy? Goodness wishes to communicate itself and those who are not happy have little goodness to communicate. A corollary question arises: are most liberals happy or is it that they seek to keep others from acquiring information that would make others happier by way of preserving self-made bastions of selfishness? The same question might might be asked of conservatives. If you are not happy and are not genuinely seeking to make others happy, you are most likely, ala the way of misery loves company, more than likely seeking to make others as miserable as yourself.
A further question arises: why are you not happy? A certain basic joyfulness comes from having open lines of communication with God. If those lines are not open or are beset with pre-established limits not based on truth and goodness, then as surely as night will follow day, unhappiness will follow. For example, there are those who will not believe that God exists, so all evidence of His existence in their daily existence is both rebuked and avoided.
So ask yourself: are you happy? And if you are not, why not? If you are liberal, perhaps you need to become more conservative. If you are conservative and not happy, perhaps you need to become more liberal. Seek what makes you happy and sooner or later you will find God. Hide from your unhappiness and you hide from God.