What do you see when you look closely into someone else’s eye?
Do you know why when we look closely into someone’s eye we only see ourselves? How about doing an experiment with me? As you know, everyone needs food, water, shelter, and clothing, but we also need love, understanding, and compassion not to just survive but to thrive.
Next time you come across a stranger and start talking to them, really look at them, not just at their clothes, their size, or even their body language. Try to see how just like you all they want is to be heard, seen, and deemed worthy of others’ love and attention. If they are intimidating or angry, is probably because they feel frustrated that no one understands their situation. They are yelling because they feel like no one hears them!
Most people in this world are not inherently evil. Unless they are sociopaths or psychopaths they do not wish to harm anyone, and just want to make a good life for themselves and their loved ones.
So, the real reason when we look closely into someone’s eye we only see ourselves is because we are all truly one. We have been brainwashed most of our lives to think it is always “Us” vs. “Them”. As long as we have that mentality, it will be like one part of the body ignoring the injury of another part. Humanity as a whole will only heal when we all participate in taking care of each other, and realizing that when someone else is suffering, in reality, we are all suffering and be proactive in creating solutions, instead of saying it is not my job.
If we shift our attitude, so when we meet someone new we greet them with an open heart and big smiles on our faces, maybe our days will be more pleasant.
Written By Firoozeh Bowden
The eye that covers faults looks toward the Creator of souls.
– Abdul Baha – Promulgation of Universal Peace p92
Bahá’u’lláh said that we should love even our enemies and be to them as friends. If all men were obedient to this principle, the greatest unity and understanding would be established in the hearts of mankind.
– Abdul Baha – Paris talks p 140
The ocean is one body of water but different parts of it have a particular designation, … Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity