It would be very nice if all people were nice, loving people. Unfortunately, they are not. There are many people who are in a great deal of pain, and on certain days these people will, consciously or unconsciously, inflict their pain on you without any reason.
People will speak ill of you for no good reason. People will return your good deeds with unkind, unloving words and deeds. People will lie to you, betray your confidence, and if they are really hurting, they may physically strike out at you.
The human tendency is to offer insult for insult, hurt for hurt, ill deed for ill deed.
The spiritual imperative is to offer love for insult, love for hurt, love to everyone regardless of the ill they may offer you.
The human perspective is to hate those who hate you, take from those who have taken from you, harm those who have harmed you.
The spiritual perspective is to recognize that the more unlovingly a person behaves, the greater is their need for love and understanding.
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