…or here’s an idea: how about if you’re spiritually mature and you don’t kill, maim, injure, or otherwise hurt someone else’s psyche so that your ego can gloat? How about if you realize that other people’s gains are not your losses any more than your losses are their gains. If you want to succeed do it because that’s your nature—what you truly want to do. Because if you’re letting other people dictate your behaviour unconsciously then you’re their slave—you’re living a life dictated by them. Your life is in opposition to theirs and, as this quote states it, you won’t feel better until your levels are reversed, where you feel you can look down on them. This isn’t spiritually advanced. This is childish. Life is rewarding, but at times it can be very hard. If someone wasn’t decent enough to help you up when you were down don’t compound the problem by doing the same thing right back to them—Don’t even wish for that. Because wishing or doing; they’re both alive in your consciousness as experiences and wanting someone to suffer is not at all a part of wise, respectable and quality spiritual existence. I hope you will join me in having compassion and support as your driving forces in life. I can vouch for the fact that it leads to a much better life than the vast majority of what I see happening around me.
Note: Everyone who posts or shares a quote does so with the very best of intentions. That said, I have created the series of Other Perspectives blog posts in an effort to prevent some of these ideas from entering into people’s consciousness unchallenged. These quotes range from silly to dangerous and—while I intend no offense to their creators—I do use these rebuttals to help define and delineate the larger message I’m attempting to convey in my own work. I do hope you find them helpful in your pursuit of both psychological and spiritual health.
Following a serious childhood brain injury Scott McPherson unwittingly spent his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and the self. This made him as strange to others as they were to him. Seeing the self-harm people created with their own overthinking, Scott dedicated part of his life to helping others live with greater awareness. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB, where he finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.