by Nick Andrea
Some thousands of years ago Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” What I believe he meant is that freedom is found in the pause where we step out of the stream of activity and become fully aware of this moment; for, this moment is always novel, which is to say unconditioned.
Yet, most of us are prisoners of conditioning most of the time. We go from activity to activity on autopilot, making our choices from the unconscious influence of parents, church, culture, etc.
This is why compassion is greatly needed in our world. I believe Jesus understood this from his spiritually clear vantage point when he said, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do,” as he was being nailed to a cross. He could forgive because he understood this fundamental human condition. Like Jesus, we need compassion because there is so much unconsciousness in our world, today.
Now, there are swaths of people in our world who are very compassionate. In fact, I believe that if we polled most Americans they would rate compassion as important, even if they don’t embody it most of the time. However, more is needed, MUCH more.
So, whose conditioning can you make a little space for, today?