“The Buddha offered this: ‘If you truly loved yourself,
you’d never harm another.’ . . .
Causing harm is never just a one-way street.
If we harm someone else,
we’re inevitably also hurting ourselves.
Some quality of sensitivity and awareness
has to shut down for us to be able to objectify others,
to deny them as living, feeling beings—
those who want to be happy, just as we do.
We don’t relate to kicking a table as a moral issue.
For a person or animal to, in effect,
become a table in our minds
takes a lot of numbing (hard to shake off),
a significant set of blinders (hard to see around later),
and a lot of armoring (hard to remove at will).
We grow a skin of indifference.”
Sharon Salzberg, from Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection
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