Can you Help me to Understand Cruelty?

The following is quite a graphic description of abuse I have just watched, please do not feel as if you have to read on – I have just watched a video of a man stringing up an animal and skinning him alive, in the name of the fur trade – The violent movements the animal was making deeply disturbed me – Afterwards the poor soul was still alive, moving and blinking its eyes – That vision of cruelty will never leave me

My focus has turned towards understanding why cruelty exists and how we can make the movement away from itI am so grateful to the poor soul who underwent such a trauma – Your suffering will not be in vain as I’m sure you have moved countless people into action to try and resolve this level of suffering as much as we can – May your soul rest in peace now, I send you my love and comfort – What I really struggle to understand is how the man doing this clearly felt and saw nothing?

I’ve just spent the morning looking for something that resonates with me, something that helps me to understand this level of unconsciousness, so that I can better gain an understanding of how to deal with this – Here’s what I came up with:

We can do as Rudolf Dreikurs said and “Separate the deed from the doer.” – Accept the person, but not the behaviour

Or – “If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.” – Chris Jami

Or maybe, they just don’t know what they are doing – unconscious of their actions and the suffering it causes, blind to what it is they are doing

I can’t say that I found a satisfactory answer, so I will attempt to come to terms with cruelty in the follow way:

Our experience here is dualistic – It involves our collective experience of either end of the scale – Our experience of ‘good’ is only able to happen in comparison to our, or others, experience of ‘bad’ – It makes me wonder, do we willingly undertake these experiences of abuse and suffering in order for creation to expand itself? – Do we really choose that before we incarnate? If so, that is some level of bravery! – Also, do we willing undertake the role as abuser?

Do you have you own way of understanding this kind of behaviour? I would greatly appreciate your views on this

‘Caged Racoon’ CC image courtesy of JT on Flickr


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