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On hurt

Who am I to hurt anyone?  Who do I think I am?  What is my cachet, my reach, my power?  To some extent it’s an exercise in ego to think we wield the ability to hurt another, and conversely, be hurt by another.  Am I not, in one sense, admitting weakness by saying you hurt me (and on the other hand feeling a very subtle sense of pride in knowing I am able to hurt you)?  Who you are to hurt me is one question, who I am to get hurt by you is quite another.  I believe the latter deserves more consideration.  If you offend me, as Krishnamurti says, it’s not so much your problem for offending me as it is mine for letting myself feel offended.

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