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The world could sure use a little peace right now. And it all starts with our children. Shanti Shanti Shanti.
We all learned when we were kids to love our neighbor as ourselves (and hopefully have grown up to behave the same). That’s all fine and good, but there’s only one problem. It’s hard sometimes. Really, really hard.
Do we really expect our son to love the school bully as he loves himself? Our daughter should love the mean girls as she loves herself? It may be a nice ideal, but how realistic is it?
When I work with children, yes, I absolutely teach The Golden Rule over and over and over again. But I realize there are also extenuating circumstances sometimes. I would never (personally) ask a child to love the kid who just punched him in the face and then flushed his head in the toilet.
Here’s the solution as I see it:
Sometimes, forget about loving your neighbor as you love yourself…but at least just don’t hurt him or her. If a child hates another child, they should just stay as far away from the mean kid as possible and no one will get hurt. It’s ahimsa by default. And it really works.
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