“I Am Paris” —Only?

Cooperativa-manos-01In the aftermath of the Paris massacre, there has been much public consternation, accompanied by ubiquitous expressions of solidarity. Some have argued that there is deep hypocrisy in lamenting French deaths while ignoring equally gruesome loss of life in other parts of the globe, as in Kenya, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Mexico, Palestine, or the United States, where African Americans and other etnic minorities are the victims of pervasive institutional violence and prejudice.

Others observe that our exclusive preoccupation with human suffering is an expression of speciesism, and that the human proclivity for violence cannot be curbed until we stop the animal holocaust that deprives billions of non-human animals of their freedom and lives every single year.

While acknowledging that it is true that most humans tend to care more deeply for those whom we consider “our own”, it is neither fair nor helpful to criticize harshly the concern or solidarity of those expressing partial compassion, even if it seems biased or limited.

The circle of compassion needs to be expanded to include all sentient beings, but belittling its initial expressions, however miniscule or insufficient, is counterproductive. It is indifference to suffering that needs to be identified and corrected.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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6 Responses to  “I Am Paris” —Only?

  1. Pingback: “I Am Paris” —Only? | Arteatromexperu's Weblog

  2. alainspace says:

    Ya for every being withot execption

  3. Pieter Navis says:

    thank you for this post and your view. Who are we to judge?

  4. Patrick Furt-Guenin says:

    Dear Tashi Nyima,

    Thank you so much for this special teaching, so clear to my mind of french practitioner… Yes we must have full compassion to every sentents beeings, and especially when we are “in war”, equally to our “friends” as much as to our “enemies”…
    Karuna in our prayers and in our acts fore eveybody in every circumstances.
    Thanks again for your teachings.

    Patrick, 70, from France

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