Originally Posted by Angela
Got it. And I think what each person should do is what (s)he is inspired to do. I think that's the path to optimal results for everyone as a whole, actually: each person following her own breath.
Are you inspired by compassion and education/knowledge as driving values for yourself? If so, I think you've nailed it. If not, keep looking. It sounds to me from your post that there's a deeper value trying to inspire you, one that underlies both compassion and education/knowledge. What do you think?
Well, for me personally, working toward becoming more compassionate and more knowledgeable brings about some kind of... inner tranquility, I guess? It definitely feels
like I am doing something that I am supposed to be doing.
However, I find it necessary to think carefully about what it is I am inspired to do for two reasons. First, there are many who feel inspired to kill others for petty reasons. While I certainly do not suffer from such explicitly destructive inspirations, I want to be absolutely certain that my inspirations do not lead to similar destructive outcomes, even indirectly. Second, I want to make sure that the philosophy I adapt produces the greatest
possible good for myself and everyone around me. I do not want to waste my life following one ideology when a different one would have produced better results.