Compassion based on disbelief in free will
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06-08-2014, 09:39 PM
Compassion based on disbelief in free will
Here's a question for those who, like me, have become convinced that free will is an illusion: do you find that your compassion has grown since you abandoned the idea of free will? Mine has. I can be a hothead with a tendency to shoot people the middle finger when they cut me off in traffic, but in my calmer moments, I always remember there's no reason to believe I ever would've made a different choice than someone else if I'd had his exact genes and environment. That belief can't help but make me want to treat even the worst people as kindly as I would treat their victims.

"Be kind, friendly, and lenient towards your fellow man, but unrelenting and pitiless with yourself."

--Franz Bardon
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