The truth in compassion

compassion“There is a beautiful kind of cause-and-effect relationship between truth and compassion. They go together. Compassion leads to truth, truth to compassion; and what makes us avoid either or both of them is usually pain. We want to feel good. We want to protect our beliefs, our ideas about who we are. We want to protect ourselves from seeing the truth about others. … We think the lies are the truth, because we don’t trust the truth itself. But the truth itself is the point, regardless of whether it accords with our beliefs.”

A.H. Almaas, Diamond Heart Book I

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