There is no escape from victimhood until we realize that we are responsible for our suffering. This doesn’t mean we’re in control of what happens—we’re not—but we are in complete control of our response to what happens. I can be naked and bleeding and not be a victim. A victim is a victim of himself.
More suffering is caused by men who take offence than give offence. The quicker we take offence, the more resistance we have. Jesus’ Zen-like teaching on this dukes the mind: Resist not evil.
Co-dependence is a useful term. It means: What we cling to, we suffer from. Hold on to nothing.
In light of the first of the Four Noble Truths (Life is suffering), shouldn’t birth be swaddled in sorrow and death elicit a sober joy?
Death is the opposite of birth, not Life. Life has no opposite.
“Forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”
We act according to our level of consciousness, neither higher nor lower. The realization of this is forgiveness.
More suffering comes into the world by people who take offence than by people who give it.