Nikola Tesla wrote:
“When we speak of man, we have a conception of humanity as a whole, and before applying scientific methods to the investigation of his movement, we must accept this, as a physical fact. But can anyone doubt today that all the millions of individuals and all innumerable types and characters constitute an entirely, a unit? Though free to think and act, we are held together, like stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable.
Those ties we cannot see, but we can feel them. I cut myself in the finger, and it pains me; this finger is a part of me. I see a friend hurt and it hurts me, my friend and I are one. And now I see stricken down an enemy, a lump of matter which, of all lumps of matter in the universe, I care least for, and still it grieves me. Does this not prove each of us is only part of a whole?”
But what if someone attacks you and cuts your finger? What happens when people treat you with disdain and are conceited and manipulative and attack you?
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
You are then forced to stand your ground – to find ways to uphold decency, sometimes that involves the courts or diplomacy or dialogue – but, whatever form the road to solutions takes, it always follows a hidden compass in nature that is searching for deeper vision of ones nature and that shared depth in others; even with those, who wounded by their own insecurity, project their pain on to you and blame you for their own unfinished shadow work.
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