try walking in someone else’s shoes

William Herndon, the law partner of Abraham Lincoln – the 16th President of the United States – proclaimed of Lincoln in his biography, that “No man was to be censured for what he did or did not do, because all of us are the children of conditions, of circumstances, of environment, of education, of acquired habits and of heredity molding men as they are and will forever be.” It was Dale Carnegie, the great American lecturer and writer who professed, “If you and I had inherited the same physical, mental, and emotional characteristics that our enemies have inherited, and if life had done to us what it has done to them, we would act exactly as they do. We couldn’t possibly do anything else.” It would behoove one to pity any given enemy in their life and implore God with gratitude that we have not been granted the life of our adversaries. Perhaps, we should be benevolent enough to proclaim to God almighty the Sioux Indian quote, “O Great Spirit, keep me from ever judging and criticizing a man until I have walked in his moccasins for two weeks.” We know that we should never judge someone else when we have not the slightest clue what it feels like to have their life. We are not preachers or teachers; we are mirrors, attempting to use information as a resourceful vehicle for self-education in the daily application of our lives.

From the Holy Bible, Romans 2:21 “You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?” The Holy Quran decrees that God transferred down to earth a human being embodying the pure holy spirit, who preached Judaism to liberate the Jews from corrupted Roman occupation of the temple of God in Jerusalem. The name of that pure holy spirited human being was a Jew, named Jesus, who proclaimed with conviction, in the gospel of Matthew, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” Contemporary Christian scholars proclaim this statement was used in the context of law in accordance with the Temple of God, and not to be applied to every day ordinary life. In the modern-day, it has transformed into a motto that has nothing to do with its original meaning. The Hawaiian practice of repentance is something we should all take into consideration: Hoʻoponopono, as described by the author Dr. Joe Vitale, “I love You…I’m Sorry…Forgive Us…Thank You.”

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