There’s a saying in Buddhism, “Those who cause suffering are suffering.” There’s a story that asks us to imagine we’re walking through the woods when we see a dog. We go to pet the dog and he launches at us, biting and growling. At first, we are upset, angry at the dog. Then we see the dog’s leg is in a trap and our anger turns to compassion and understanding. That doesn’t mean we let the dog attack us, but it means we understand his aggression.
"Some people are uncomfortable with silences. Not me. I’ve never cared much for call and response. Sometimes I will think of something to say and then I ask myself: is it worth it? And it just isn’t."~ Miranda July
"The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished."~ Ming-Dao Deng, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony