Originally Posted by Ozgeorge
Well said. And I think that without that kind of compassion, non-violent resistance is impossible. I guess the closest I can come to it is thinking that, misguided as Rekers' was, he probably thought (or at least convinced himself) that he was doing the right thing.
And the Exodus people are perhaps thinking this kind of thing as well. They really do believe that 'love the sinner and hate the sin' crappola.
The Buddhists are very methodical about how they go about extending compassion. One first learns to have it for one's self (sitting meditation practice), then others who elicit warm-hearted affection, and then slowly- and progressively- to neutral persons, and only after that to those who rub one the wrong way.
One doesn't start with the 'enemy'.
And I love your avatar OzGeorge! Makes me smile every time I see it. Two boys in love. Heavenly!