"Learn to see other’s foibles with compassion, then we can also start to see out OWN foibles with compassion. So many of us carry deeply-buried self-hatred, guilt, anger, resentment that we cannot bear to acknowledge the existence of, let alone face. Everytime we get annoyed, we are seeing the “work” of our unconscious. Unless we develop compassion for ourselves, we will never be able to open up fully to the experience of Being ourselves.”
Thanks to this I can finally breath again.. :)
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Thing is, you can very much make a mountain out of a molehill. If you look for criminals, you will find criminals. It doesn’t matter where you look. This is part of the tacit agreement of society. Humans have self-interest, and society has self-interest that is often against the self-interest of the individual.
Government, remember, is the necessary evil, NOT the people! At the end of the day, we are all criminals. We need to remember what degree of lawlessness is not only permissible, but also indicative of a free and functional society, and what degree of lawlessness is inherently dangerous. We also need to consider the “grey areas”, the activity that isn’t illegal but can be misconstrued. The empty threats, the uncomfortable glances, the misheard and misspoken conversations. Unless they flower into real criminality, the law has no business being involved… but when every word is scrutinized, your crime WILL be uncovered, citizen. To a hammer, everything is a nail. The NSA is a hammer. It knows what it’s looking for… and, in the course of the day to day, we WILL show them exactly what they want to see.
First they will come for the terrorists… but then they will come for the gang members, the prostitutes, the drug dealers.
And then they will come for the “conspirators”, the people gambling spare change in their basements with their friends, the people who said harsh things in anger who have never harmed even a fly. They can find a reason to come for you. Just because they don’t doesn’t mean that you’re safe, and it doesn’t mean that you’re free.
We need to take the long view on all of this. This has nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism. Not a single thing. Today’s excuse is tomorrow’s distant memory, but the police state will remain. We have to stop this immediately. It’s destroying this country.