“Once someone is an unreal other, we lose sight of how they hurt. Because we don’t experience them as feeling beings, we can inflict pain on them without compunction. Not seeing that others are real leads to a father disowning his son for being gay, divorced parents using their children as weapons. All the enormous suffering of violence and war comes from our basic failure to see others are real.
Kindness is a facet of the jewel of compassion. It is the desire to help that arises when we remember we are connected with every living being that we meet.
When we stop to attend and see other people as real, we uncover the hidden bond that exists between all beings.”