Essentials for a happy life – non violence & tolerance

I firmly believe that in order to lead a life of happiness we need to lead a life of non violence(ahimsa) and tolerance. A large number of conflicts in this world starts with simple issues. But they are flamed by lack of tolerance or the inability to forgive others and lead to a lot of suffering and pain.

Many people think that what Jesus Christ said about forgiveness is impractical,

"You have heard that it had been said: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you, that you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also".

To me these words are of immense practical value. In our day to day life this probably has the most positive benefit than anything else. During conflicts, it is usually better to respond in a non aggressive manner and like water on fire, it kills the conflict. Jesus is not talking about the rare scenario when you have to defend yourself against a criminal. He is talking about our day to day life. Both are completely different.

Jesus sums up the concept of tolerance and empathy very neatly,

"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them"

And I think goodness is an inherent trait of mankind (see relying on human goodness). I don’t think it is the fear of police or punishment that keeps us as good human beings. It is the element of goodness that makes us humans. If you believe this, it is easy to respond to many of the conflicts with a cool head and a forgiving mind. And that I think is an essential ingredient for a happy life.

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May 13, 2011 | Posted in Opinion 1 Comment » | By Jayson Joseph

One Comment to “Essentials for a happy life – non violence & tolerance”

  1. Ken Says:

    I just came across this blog of yours while doing research for my software architecture class in college. I have to say, great posting brother. I could not agree with your sentiments more. At the end of the day, you need to make the best decisions you can that lead to happiness and peace in your life. Treat others as you would want to be treated in honesty and faithfulness.

    Always utilize threat management which resides within our humanity. Use minimum levels of aggression to resist aggression, never going beyond the force necessary to obtain beneficial results to a problem. In other words, use your brain to resist and avoid aggression. When the moment comes that you must defend yourself against evil, leave no holds barred and utilize the actions necessary, whether they be extreme or sedate, to preserve life and safety.

    For everything in between peace and evil, you need only worry about yourself and those you love and life comes together in a way by which you can look back and be proud of your actions as another human being traveling through the tour of life.

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