Our behaviours are shaped to a greater degree by what we hide from others than by what we reveal to them. How we look, stand, gesture, listen and smile. How we do everything.
Every single thought influences our behaviour. With a per diem roar of 60,000 of these entities, we inhabit a febrile state of being. The face loses its beauty. The body holds its phone.
Whatever is unconscious within us—our shadow self, to deploy a Jungian term—will express itself in our behaviour. Perhaps we’ll be shocked, puzzled or ashamed by this. Buddy cavils, “That’s not me!”
Forgiveness recognizes that every person acts according to his highest level of consciousness. Which, in some cases, is lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut.
As the historical record confirms, enlightenment is not a reward for good behaviour.
“Spiritually speaking,” Carlos Santana said, “we don’t fuck around.”