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Changing your external appearance does not change who you are

Does this make me look like an environmentalist?

Taking a one day beak from the teachers series, back to it tomorrow. I saw an article today about one of the political parties here in Canada, who in the past several years has dropped from the usually elected nationally as governing party to barely in third place in popular votes. They are talking about needing a new leader who will appeal to more voters. One of the main topics is being green, or more environmentally aware on issues. This is like me saying I put on a green colored t-shirt, therefore that makes an environmentalist, or if I wear a t-shirt with as saying that I am from Mars, making me a Martian. Today most people are so quick to judge based on external appearances, that we seldom take the time, to delve deeper in knowing someone. That 1.5 seconds for the first impression, and based on external appearance, we know all we need to about them. The homeless person on the street in worn out dirty clothing, we don’t know as perhaps a missing mother or father, or someones son or daughter. Yet the business person in the expensive outfit we see, we judge as a success, even though they may have just triggered the collapse of a major bank, through unwise and illegal actions. My point is that we need to know people beyond what they look like, then we will be able to show compassion to all. The Buddha accepted students from all walks of life, from kings, shopkeepers and from other occupations that would not be considered wholesome. The point was, all have the same capacity to achieve enlightenment, so when we see someone we should see them with compassion, understanding and love, not a judgmental view of I see them as ….

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One thought on “Changing your external appearance does not change who you are

  1. Bro, This is so true! “Don’t judge a book based on it’s cover.” with metta

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