Dignity and destiny
18 November 2008
I did sign up for a gestalt course after all, and the experience was really interesting and illuminating. What draws me to it is the emphasis on self-responsibility and awareness. The encounter itself is difficult to put into words, and true to the gestalt philosophy, must be experienced.
However, I did put the question to the facilitator, a question I’ve asked often on this blog: ‘How does one deal with someone else’s pain?’ She answered me with a quotation from a writer she couldn’t remember, but the words will stay with me for a long time. This is what she said:
Allow the other person the dignity of their destiny.
I don’t know what else to say in the wake of that except to be humbled by its profundity.
Image: Optical illusion — My wife and my mother-in-law. Source: Wikimedia Commons.