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Considering the other point of view!

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I have had the opportunity over the past few years to speak with a monk from a local temple; We used to meet in person before his group moved down to Rockville (about 12 miles away). They used to have a facility where my dog and I walked. My dog and the monk were quite close. The monk often had rice candies for my dog, who thinks rice candies are as good as it gets. He and I have spoken of many exciting realities in the world around us. The one thing I worked very hard to talk to him about was his dislike of technology. “It pollutes the mind,” he would often say. To a degree, I do agree with him in the sense that people did and do become hyper-involved in the world via technology.

We were finally able to agree that technology is a tool. I gave him the great analogy of the master who wished to move a mountain. He asked for a spoon. He returned to the village with gold nuggets. The next day the mountain was gone. You only need the right tool to move a mountain.  The same is true of technology; you only need the right tool. Handing a cellphone to a person may solve their problem. It may not. Asking them what the issue is first, and then solving the problem works a lot better. He and I spoke and speak now via email at great length about the concept of our world right now.” There is much anger in the world,’ the monk said in his last email. “do we have the tools to fix the anger?” He asked.

The easy answer is yes, we do. We, as humans, are gifted with the choice to ask questions. That will help us with some of the anger, some of the frustration. But what about the offense that is deep-seated and has been around for 100, 200, or more years? What tools do we have to solve that issue? I shared a wander project that is a master’s story shared by my friend, the monk. It is one tool we have to solve problems. If the meaning is not exact, ask questions. But we need more tools, and we need a place where the anger can be vented. Right now, the energy from that anger is bound to a single person or group. It is something painful for that group, and I feel bad. That is the first tool we can use, empathy for the plight of others.

I shared a song my grandfather introduced me to from the great depression (link is below) int hat song the person asks for a dime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F4yT0KAMyo

Empathy is simply looking at things from the others persons point of view. In this song the singer is forced to do so, perhaps we can all do it willingly!

This work is Copyright DocAndersen. Any resemblance to people real or fictional in this piece is accidental (unless explicitly mentioned by name.)

  • Question of

    Riots are bad right?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    But sometimes we have to have a way to express anger right?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    is empathy a tool we can use?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    it is ok to ask questions~

    • Yes
  • Question of

    no one knows the meaning between the letters, except the author, right?

    • Yes

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Written by DocAndersen

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