Peace Pilgrim teaches us (“Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words”): “Remember that one who does an unworthy deed is in reality psychologically sick, and should be regarded with as much compassion as one who is physically sick.”
Addressing Yale University on 9th October 1991, the Dalai Lama spoke of his wishes with regard to freedom for Tibet.
He observed that “It would be easy to become angry….To feel nothing but hatred” towards the oppressors, “But that is not the Buddhist way.”
Telling the audience that “Our most valuable teachers are our enemies,” the sage went on to make a remarkable statement.
“….all people, whether they harm us or help us, are ultimately our friends.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German priest and theologian, who was hung by the Nazis, writes in 1937 (“The Cost of Discipleship”) about the Christian spirit — words that are true of all wisdom heritages.
“Love asks nothing in return, but seeks those who need it. And who needs our love more than those who are consumed with hatred and are utterly devoid of love? Who in other words deserves our love more than our enemy?….the more bitter our enemy’s hatred, the greater his need of love.”