I asked a prison psychologist what the biggest challenge of her job was. She said it was being willing to forgive rapists and murderers enough to try to help them.
To make it easier for herself she planted two seedlings in paper cups. One she placed on the window sill and watered regularly. The other she placed on a shelf and hardly ever watered. As she observed the stunted growth and the gnarly roots of the neglected plant, she grew more compassionate toward the “evil” men.
All healthy living things need:
- The sunshine of love
- Means to receive nutrients
Also (critical for thinking and confusable humans):
- Clarity about how to avoid a loss of those two things
When people are confused about this, unfortunate things happen to them.