Affection and The Ability to Choose

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"To feel affection for people even when they make mistakes is uniquely human. 

You can do it, if you simply recognize: that they're human too, that they act out of ignorance, against their will, and that you'll both be dead before long. And, above all, that they haven't really hurt you. 

They haven't diminished your ability to choose." 

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations new translation by Gregory Hayes

While humanity has progressed technologically over the past 2,000 years, we have not progressed very much in our virtues and thought systems. 

Fortunately we have free will to choose how we cultivate our personal nature through lifelong learning and practice. We each choose how to think, feel, act, and react to the world around us.  

If we forget this we slip into the darkness of victimhood.

 

Jason Masciarelli

Orlando, FL