Compassionate action is action which allows the other person to exist in a certain state of being. My difficulty is that though I have a concept of what that state of being is like and I can in general sense how to promote that state of being in other people I do not what exactly are the right words to describe it.
i disagree fundamentally with this. Compassionate action is action that doesn’t place demands. there is no “certain state”… just what is. if that means that a person dies, then they die. If it means that a person loves, then they love. BUT!!!! the intent has to be compassionate. “preserve life” is a demand we make of ourselves. is that really compassionate in all cases?
I think that I agree with you. I don’t think that we are defining the same things in the same way. Ok, I’ll go through this quickly because I started to see it when I was reading what you were writing. Yes, you are right, there is no requirement on action, at ;east not a fear based requirement (compassion has it’s own requirements, but I’ll not go into that.)
Ok, some people focus on action an purifying action and acting rightly; aka. don’t kill, don’t steal, yadda yadda yadda. I moved back a step from that and said that it was not important what you did, it was important why you did it and the action would emanate from the motivation. So, I was working on purifying motivation. But, motivation itself arises from something else. It is that that I was calling compassion. I was trying to make it into a place like the motivation was a place, but it is not, it is before that. There is no specific place that comes from compassion (there is no bounds on motivation; you don’t have to be any specific thing.) Compassion is something that comes before the motivation and acting more or less from compassion (which I think is the same as acting from Love or from God) will by necessity purify your motivations.
Likewise therefore, love begets love, so by acting in a compassionate way towards others you change the place where they act from because you make them more capable of acting from compassion, which as I said preceeded motivation (and is in a relationship with it.)
But I have to go to search. This is still being put together. I’m gonna work on it some more. Is it making sense thus far?