We continue to examine the benefits of placing another’s happiness before our own, which can appear contrary to our better judgement. However the text tells us that when we do so, it will in fact generate compassion and joy for us, as well as benefit to those we wish to help. In fact when learning to do this so that it becomes second nature, we will be able to withstand any hardship easily.
If everyone were to understand this and live their life accordingly, there would be no war, no need for legal structures or systems of economic control. For many many lifetimes we have been struggling to find happiness, but continue to create the same conditions that cause suffering, again and again, so if humanity as a whole were to try out this rather radical instruction – to put others first, we would find that very quickly everything would change, and the basic currency for interactions with others would be kindness and compassion. Once we realise this truth and carry it through, it should be done without boasting of achievement, as we are also beneficiaries, and that is nothing to brag about.
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