“Recognize that the way we are treating others is the way we are treating ourselves because what we give out is what we will get back. Cruelty to others, including animals and the earth, is a symptom of an unhappy person hurting from self-alienation because somewhere in her past she was abused, ridiculed, and subjected to pain when she was too small or weak to protect herself or get away.
Notice how many cartoons, video games, and movies are about killing, maiming, or forcing people into submission, as if such actions are a game and something to enjoy. Mistreating others, including animals and the earth, is indefensible and a symptom of violence programming.
Sooner or later, everything we have wished to happen to others, and what we have done to others, will happen to us, for this is how the immutable law of karma, the great leveler, works. If you catch yourself laughing at someone’s misfortune, stop and ask yourself, “What is this about?” Having fun at the expense of others will backfire.”
Terry Cole-Whittaker, in “Live Your Bliss”
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