“Detachment isn’t callousness. It’s not that you’re going to say, “Hey, I don’t give a damn about these people.” It’s just that you have to understand that their evolution is important; it’s sacrosanct. Just because a person is in the gutter drunk doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t be there. One would hope better things for him, but maybe he has to fall to a very low level in order to pick himself up. Maybe he doesn’t want to work himself back up again. Maybe he has a metaphysical need to experience what it feels like to do nothing and degenerate.
So when you see people “doing pain,” as I call it, you have to accept that we don’t really understand it. So if five people whack a tree, you can get sucked into the energy of it all, or you can say, “Interesting evolutionary experience,” remembering they are immortal and not dead.
So when you look at people, you have to look at them from that kind of compassion – from the more distant understanding that we cannot know precisely what people need, metaphysically and spiritually. We don’t necessarily understand why things are they way they are. So we”ll do our best to spread goodness. But what we won’t do is infringe upon people. We won’t try to pick them up and fix them if they haven’t asked us to.”
Stuart Wilde, in “Infinite Self”
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