Compassion for the human animal, since most people love animals, like cats and/or dogs, I find it's a helpful analogy.
For instance if I say "I love dogs, unconditionally, passionately, I'm advocate for and lover of dogs".
Most people don't question that kind of sentiment, they think it quite easy, common, and plausible for someone to be a dog lover.
However often when I've expressed unconditional love for people. Many people seem to have found the idea un-realistic, or irresponsible of me. The idea of unconditionally loving -people-, our very own species seems like a foreign or even threatening or implausible concept to many people. Does this not seem strange to you, that more people can unconditionally love another species so much easier than our own? Even now there will be people reading this saying that's because people have a capacity for 'evil' that animals do not. However this is exactly what I'm talking about, why on earth do we consider 'bad' behaviors in people as indicative of 'evil' instead of natural? Many people can not wrap their heads around unconditionally loving all people, most people think there are some people who should not be unconditionally loved. This makes no sense to me.
When we love dogs, we don't lose our compassion for a dog that is aggressive and/or dangerous because of bad genetics and/or abusive background, etc. We may avoid a dangerous dog, lock one up, or even put one down. But we retain that sense of love and compassion and affection, and we don't tend to blame the dog. We don't think of any dog as 'evil', just that they are being true to their nature, so if we encounter a dangerous dog, we assume no blame on their part. We think they've had a rough life perhaps, maybe brain damage, or doggy mental health issues, rabies, what have you. Whatever is driving the 'bad' behavior in the dog we don't hold blame. If we're someone who unconditionally loves dogs that is. *smile* We just accept what IS and often do so with compassion.
Why can't more people love each other this way? Why can we not look at each other and just accept what is without blame and with compassion? Yes, don't put yourself in a position to be 'bitten' by dangerous dogs or people... take precautions to protect self and others...
Unconditional love doesn't mean allowing others to hurt you or harm others, in fact, maintaining healthy boundaries is a part of unconditional love of self and unconditional love of all, we take ourselves, and other people into consideration along with the person who is behaving 'badly' and act in accordance to compassion to everyone. So we don't sacrifice ourselves or others well-being in this process. Just like unconditionally loving a dog doesn't mean you let it bite you, unconditionally loving a partner doesn't mean you let them abuse you. That doesn't mean we cannot still have love and compassion along with our healthy boundaries.. and lose this damaging idea of 'blame'.
We are often taught to believe that Love will somehow weaken us, how we feel about someone else will put us at greater 'risk'. However, I believe we are just brainwashed to fear, fear, and fear. Odds are if you're not in that place of unconditional love, you're being driven by... fear.
It's time, we all need to start fostering greater compassion toward all life on this planet, and if we're ever to have true peace, absolutely the human animal most of all.
This is what I mean, when I say
Live in Love