What is a crime? The REAL answer is: ANYTHING that a government or a court decides it is! There is no inherent thing called a “crime.” In one jurisdiction something may be a “crime,” while in another it is not. So, it’s interesting to note that Italy’s highest court just ruled that when small amounts of food are taken in desperate need, it is not a crime. If we stop looking at the act, and using punishment to stop it, we can begin to look with eyes that do not judge, but seek to understand. Certainly this is only a distant possibility now. But, as we begin to understand OURSELVES and our MOTIVATIONS with compassion, we can extend that gift to others. And what we may discover is that we are ALL buddhas, just pretending not to be! Love…
As I explore and inquire into my life, I understand the challenges I have faced and the amazing ways I have found to survive all that I have been through. And not only survive, but THRIVE in my life!
Knowing and understanding this, it is so much easier to be gentle and understanding with others and their ways of dealing with life.
So once again, I understand that everything starts at the source within me: it is an “inside-out” job! There is no way I can be understanding of others without the understandings I have gained of myself.
I was reading a book the other day and felt like I was hacking my way through a verbal jungle! Then I picked up an Osho book and sighed in relief as he took the most profound understandings and expressed them in beautifully simple language.
Albert Einstein understood this well, when he said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”