Quote of the Day: Philo of Alexandria

quote42“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”
~ Philo of Alexandria

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It’s exceptionally easy to get so wrapped up in our own world that we can forget that every other person we encounter in our daily activities also has their own perspectives, their own thoughts, and their own world in front of them as well. We will never know or be able to experience what someone else’s world is like: it is a manifestation of how their consciousness perceives the energies around them, as my life is a manifestation of how my own consciousness perceives the energies around me.

One thing we can be certain of, however, is that we all face challenges, fears, insecurities, and countless other afflictions which cause suffering in our lives.

It is easy to mistreat someone when you feel so far removed from them mentally and emotionally. Strangers on the bus, the clerk behind the register, or even that telemarketer on the other end of the line at dinner time can interact and interfere with our lives in a variety of ways. Sometimes, we’re not very kind when those people interact with us, especially if we are having a hard go of things ourselves.

You never know what someone is dealing with behind the face they present to the world. So be gentle and be kind in your interactions with others, giving their worth as a living being the respect it deserves from the very start. Treating others consciously with kindness and respect – instead of carelessly – puts you in the position to always offer your best to those around you and saves you the suffering of knowing you have done someone wrong.

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2 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: Philo of Alexandria

  1. Basic empathy is tough to develop, especially if someone didn’t get their egocentric needs met in childhood. The varying degrees of challenge in each person’s life is irrelevant because there’s also a matter of how much it stresses each individual if at all. So thanks for the reminder! This is part of the reason why I like to be friendly with service people like waiters/waitresses. Sometimes you can just tell if they had a long day and so long as they are not rude to me, I try to give them a human interaction beyond their job description. Hell, even trolls on Xboxlive just BLEED out dysfunction in the form of hatemail, but I take those hatemail messages as an invitation for vulnerability. I ask these people what’s wrong and what they’re really mad about. 80% of the time they have apologized to me and opened up about what really pissed them off. It never has anything to do with the game!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Careless hostility is an easy default reaction for people these days – I used to be incredibly guilty of it myself and I wasn’t even aware of what I was really doing until certain people and experiences brought my attention to it. I like that you point out how, most times, hostile people open up and end up apologizing for their behaviour when you ask about what is bothering them. Most of the time we don’t even realize how we are acting or treating others. Awareness and reflection are key 🙂

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