A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and in many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must be his own.
Percy Bysshe Shelly (1792-1860)
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To be human we must acquire others, take them into ourselves – into our heart and our soul.
This is not often done for it requires leaving ourselves and our own experience, desires, prejudices and plans in favor of the life of another, or others. Few seem able to make the journey from self to other.
Why is that?
Well, to make that journey one has had to have come to know oneself in a full and honest exploration and come to care implicitly for the life of others, more so than for our own life. The dynamic is this: seeing yourself you see others, being grateful for the life you have you value the life of others – you value life itself.
Yes, encountering those with this disposition is not common, and that is a sad situation – especially among the faithful.
Cherish those who care to acquire the pain you know and the joy for which you long. In those few, you have encountered a vessel of the Divine.