You whose fear revolves around approval,

may you seek out wisdom, and

may wisdom uplift you.

*   *   *

You whose anger revolves around thwarted desire,

may you seek out wisdom, and

may wisdom uplift you.

*   *   *

You whose selfish will revolves around immature ideas,

may you seek out wisdom, and

may wisdom uplift you.

*   *   *

If affliction is locked away, neglected, denied:

this is like withholding medicine from the sick.

*   *   *

If affliction is recognized, brought out in the open, treated compassionately:

this is like administering medicine to the sick.

*   *   *

The old boy said: “Charity should begin at himself”

A lesser mind is focused more on the conditions of others, and less on one’s own house.

A greater mind works first on the condition of one’s own house, with all else following from there.

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