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12 February 2007 @ 10:08 am
Tao of the Day "<><"  
Love your enemies
Bless anyone who curses you
Do good to anyone who hates you

5 Matthew 44
Hanaka: attentionstillbourne on February 12th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
THANKS!!! I needed that today!

(reposted for those who need it on my LJ today)
Kburgunder on February 12th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Varnvarn_ix on February 12th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
This works for some time. You feel virtuous and superior. Then you wake up and pick up the LART.
Kburgunder on February 12th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
I'd argue that if someone's following the letter of the law and feeling virtuous and superior, they're missing the point by a mile. I figure if this is getting done right, we feel uncomfortable and strained for the most part. Being kind to someone who has incurred wrath is Freaking Hard, and avoiding said LART can be very energy-consuming.
Kburgunder on February 12th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
What about the third phrase? It's the only one I'm actually any good at it in practice, and then only sometimes, but of three, seems to have the best results for reaching across the fence and correcting someone's ignorance.

But wait, I thought all mudders ate babies! And yet this one just opened a door for me and my baby carriage... hrm... maybe mudders don't eat babies?
Varnvarn_ix on February 12th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
For me, it works if I can view the person as 'still learning', so I'm willing to postpone justice and maybe educate them in an overall nicer way.

Sadly, lots of people are incorrigible and view my efforts as either naivete or a threatening display of moral superiority. After it turns out even kindness doesn't work, I become polite and distant, then try not to interact with them anymore.
RocketGirl: Ukkyoeonen on February 12th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...the only benefit I see from this is being amused by their utter bafflement.