Sunday, December 7, 2003
The Habit of Pointing Fingers.
"People are in the habit of pointing their fingers at others. They don't point at themselves"
~ Ven. Varapanno (Vietnamese Monk; Myanamar, Oct. '03)
Instead of looking at one's own faults and discrepencies, we try to place the blame on everyone else. "I have no time because of others," and "I have no one to love because no one wants me" are just some of these blames. If we, instead, look at ourselves and look within ourselves, we will find all of the answers for the questions we pose. Before we can understand everything around us, we must understand ourselves: we have to understand what makes us who we are, and not what everyone makes us out to be. When you have accomplished this, then, and only then will you be able to be happy with yourself, your life, and with the consequences around you from choices that you have made.
Conformity is a word passed around by the eloquent and those persons that think they are 'individuals,' but is it all a front? Only they will be able to tell that, and they will have to face themselves. I would much rather face external conflicts than internal consequences any time of the day. External conflicts are easier to remedy; internal conflicts are easier to prevent.