Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Quote of the Week

Today's quote is from a book that has inspired me more than anything in a long, long time. You will hear more from me about A Force for Good. In the meantime, here is this week's quote:

Those who formulate an us-and-them attitude on the basis of religious beliefs, the Dalai Lama says, are distorting those beliefs. This pathology of the natural instinct to care for one's own group comes at the expense of others. It amounts to having a divisive self-centeredness in common, with religion in the service of hatred.

What seems to happen in such cases, he observes, is that instead of 'using their religious faith and resources to transform their own personality and character, they impose their personality on the religion. It's very tricky when people manipulate religion.'
–Daniel Goleman in A Force for Good


Jen May 24, 2015 at 8:59 PM  

Yep, it sure can work the other way. This section was just focusing on those who use religion as a basis for hate, though. Religion actually plays a small role in the book and other perspectives are examined as well. It also looks at economics, education, and slew of other areas that compassion needs to a part of. I think you would enjoy this book, Lo, because of all the thoughts it does ignite!

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