Comfort the disturbed, disturb the comfortable

 

Comfort the disturbed, disturb the comfortable.

This quote from the newspaper man Finley Peter Dunne is a good pointer in society and politics, and also in how I relate to myself.

The simplest way to do this is perhaps inquiry. Whether I am disturbed or complacent, I can find resolution through inquiry and truth. I can find peace from disturbance, and I can shake myself out of complacency.

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  • comfort the disturbed, disturb the comfortable
    • it’s a good pointer in society and politics
    • and also in how I relate to myself
      • comfort the disturbed parts, allow healing
      • disturb the comfortable, inquire into, find what’s more true
    • in each case, inquire, find what’s more true

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A disturbed part is disturbed because it reflects a belief at odds with reality. And a falsely comfortable part of me is falsely comfortable for the same reason.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finley_Peter_Dunne

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When I notice a disturbed part of myself, I can comfort it.

And when I notice a (falsely) comfortable part of myself, I can disturb it.

In each case, I can do this through inquiry and truth.

Why is a disturbed part disturbed? It’s often because of a belief at odds with reality. And why is a falsely comfortable part of myself comfortable? For the same reason.

In both cases, I tell myself I know. I know that something bad happened or will happen, so I am disturbed. Or I tell myself all is fine in a way it isn’t, and I am falsely comfortable.

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