Working with the public you sometimes hear a lot of views expressed you would rather not. Now I don’t advocate any spiritual belief except for the one that the individual decides is right for them. In making that decision, however, it does not free you up to pass judgment on those whose opinions are different then yours. After all, much like politics, what good will it do? Telling them your beliefs are right and theirs are wrong, or worse yet, calling them names will not make them change their mind. In fact, it only sheds a bad light on whatever spiritual path you may have chosen.
In every subject in which there is strong opinion my first suggestion is to understand. My second suggestion, find common ground. One ‘common thread’ that I have noticed runs through most of the common spiritual paths is the golden rule. We have heard it a million times, said a million different ways since we were young. ironically the teaching of the golden rule encourages us to look for that common thread. We will discuss this ‘rule’ in another post. Here I thought it might be interesting to show how the same phrase is present in several of the main belief systems.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” –Christianity
“What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow-man. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary” –Judaism
“Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful” –Buddhism
“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself” –Islam
So if people ask, “How can you like these kind of people” you can see, because we are all human and we are not that different.