“The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit.”
I have always had a deep love for animals, and could never understand when others mistreated them, or were indifferent to them. I know I have often felt my spirit diminished by their indifference.
Until someone has loved an animal a part of their soul remains unawakened
Have you ever noticed that spiritual individuals embrace the same kind of suffering all the rest of us are trying to escape?
We all suffer when a loved one dies, or we get ill, or hungry, or run out of money.
Then you have those rare people who seem to relish choosing to live in such conditions and who have consciously adopted the rejection of worldly happiness and comfort. (This is like firemen who rush into a burning building that everyone else is hurriedly running out of.)
These humble types of people seem to have an inner wisdom and contentment that most of us lack.
What is ironic to me is that everyone else knows and grasps the idea of “no pain, no gain.” Suffering has a good side! This rule works for procuring both worldly and spiritual success. The “pain” here is intentionally (and actively) sought and is not the same kind of suffering that happens to other creatures or passive victims.
In this relatively short physical lifetime on earth (that lasts perhaps 80 years), it seems irrational (and delusional) to strive only for temporary self-centered success. Eternal or inner happiness comes from intentionally sacrificing this kind of self-centeredness, which curiously, causes a form of personal suffering and a real sense of loss (of one’s old self).
Some people don’t believe in the existence of God because of all the suffering in the world. Others believe in God because suffering can be turned into a blessing.
for Friday, February 7, 2020…
the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.—Genesis 2:7