“turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”

In a conversation with Deutsche Welle (DW) on 22nd April 2020, the historian Yuval Noah Harari has the following for us to think about.

“I think the biggest danger is not the virus itself. Humanity has all the scientific knowledge and technological tools to overcome the virus. The really big problem is our own inner demons, our own hatred, greed and ignorance. I’m afraid that people are reacting to this crisis not with global solidarity, but with hatred, blaming other countries….”

In “Transformation & Healing,” his commentary on the “Satipatthana Sutta”, a Buddhist text that forms the heart of mindfulness practices, Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that, in our relationships with others, we “find ways to nourish” compassion — “even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept.”

The persistent practice of this attitude, the sage tells us, leads to a realization that “The person who has made us suffer is undoubtedly suffering too” — and to a profound truth that echoes across time —

“our love is not contingent upon the other person apologizing or being lovable.”

In a message on 6th December 2000 for the “Healing & Reconciliation Service dedicated to HIV/Aids sufferers & “The Healing of our Land”, Nelson Mandela reminds us that “We are together in this.”

This remarkable person then asks each of us to live bound, “one to the other,” by compassion, and “turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”

Peace 😊

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