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