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Fri Aug 26, 2016, 01:39 PM

The argument of Inequality, an observation.

I've read several discussions about inequality and it's different offspring. Gender equality, racial inequality, ageism, etc..... on various boards.

Seems to me that as long as there is economic inequality that the other's are inherent.

There will always be someone who will put up with any of those to make ends meet, thus perpetuating the cycle. I don't know about any of you but I'll put up with just about anything to not see my family starve.

Is it just me?



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Response to Phlem (Original post)

Fri Aug 26, 2016, 06:17 PM

1. In essence, inequality lives in the realm of ego and is concerned about survival. Ego divides and

makes comparisons, mine/yours, us/them, your family/my family, friend/enemy. Empathy lives in the realm of compassion, transcending ego.

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Response to Donkees (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 26, 2016, 10:20 PM

2. Exactly.

we need an enlightenment, yesterday.

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Response to Phlem (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 27, 2016, 07:29 AM

3. Compassion begins with the self and extends outward. We can only give away what we have...

for ourselves. Compassion has no need to feel better than others and is not rooted in externals. In every moment, compassion is available.

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Response to Donkees (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 27, 2016, 11:54 AM

4. And is it compassion or ego that

hurts me to see my family others struggle while a few select people have more than 100 lifetimes over? Dealing with abuse since childhood, my PTSD triggers when I see someone abusing someone who can't defend themselves. Is that compassion or ego, or something else?

Also diagnosed with Hyper-Vigilance I tend to have a 6th sense of impending danger. I've trusted it all my life and it has been invaluable to a fault.

Gotta love life!

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Response to Phlem (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 27, 2016, 01:23 PM

5. Compassion isn't an emotion, which can pull you down into misery. There are emotions which resemble

true compassion, such as empathy, pity, self-pity, love and those are variable. Compassion is constant and does not judge. Its focus is seeing the clearest path to relieve suffering through action. It's not about being a doormat, because compassion begins with the self.

Everything that has ever happened to us is recorded in deep memory as a survival strategy, and anything new which reminds us of past dangers triggers an alarm to be vigilant. Sometimes we blow on cold soup.

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Response to Donkees (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 27, 2016, 05:57 PM

6. Yep.

and "compassion begins with the self." tends to be forgotten with the business of living.

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Response to Phlem (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 27, 2016, 06:31 PM

7. Maybe because the "business" of living profits from keeping us neurotic and disempowered...

...looking for external solutions, rather than have us tapping into our innate strengths, compassion and wisdom.

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Response to Donkees (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 12:42 PM

8. This is what I'm saying.

Thanks for being patient and understanding.

+ a bajillion my friend.

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