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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Compassion Unlimited

A very disturbing thing to watch....
A minuscule event in the microcosm I live in...no doubt
But its impact reverberates around me...remember how those shock waves are shown lapping out, surging out from an atomic bomb? Something similar.

Cut..
The scene
Three of us in the car. I am driving, one Pattani next to me, always. That seat is reserved for him...kind of bossy, I know, but the other Pattani does not mind...

Then I see it...
A poor Rat right in the middle of the road writhing in pain, in the midst of all that traffic zooming past it. The obvious had happened. An innocent soul had come under tyres, and it was agonising to glimpse that pain even for that fraction of a second...
"Acho paavum", I reacted immediately ( Oh so sad)
"Enna achu amma" asked the senior Pattani ( what happened?)
" I saw a Rat on the road, writhing in pain di"
" Say sorry Amma"
??
" But it was not our car di"

Compassion, empathy is learnt from a 10 year old

I was defensive in my retort, but it hit me almost immediately.
Does it matter that I did not cause that harm?

I apologised aloud.

'Sorry Rat'

Then mentally I said sorry to all those creatures in this world, that suffer a similar fate. All those cockroaches, insects, mosquitoes, bacterium, viruses...
I know I may appear to be slightly overdoing things...
But just pause to think, every living thing is only doing what it is meant to do...Being...Living...
Once it is born into this world, every living thing has only one sole purpose and that is to exist...to be...
We as humans have acquired a larger than life value for ourselves; that only our existence is of primary importance over and above all other living things; that it is only our right, that it is only our fundamental core...

The rat that I saw was only living and being, and in the course of its life it got run over...fine....
Yet there are many creatures that are living and being and we consciously destroy them with no regard for their existence or their being...

Some we consider as pests...true...
Some we do for pleasure...true...
Some happens by accident...true...
Some happens through premeditation...true...
Some we need to for the harm they cause us outweighs all other reasons to allow them to exist...true...

I take this time to sincerely apologise to every creature that I have harmed....mosquitoes, rats, insects, worms, frogs...
I take this time to sincerely apologise to all those creatures that as a humanity we harm...tigers, lions, snakes, dogs, many more I don't name

I am sorry that I think my existence is far more important than yours, yet Now I know from the heart of a 10 year old that we all are only Being what we have been created for...and I apologise to all or any being that I have consciously or unconsciously harmed...

Thank You sweetie for making me aware...