A Natural Inclination to Compassion


Buddha vs. Hobbes

I think everybody has a natural inclination to compassion. It gets covered over by frustration, ignorance, bad experiences, bad karma, but underneath it, as they say, everybody has a Buddha-nature which is compassionate. This is exactly the opposite of the Hobbesian view, which is that underneath everybody is a snarling animal.


—Allen Ginsberg, “Spontaneous Intelligence”


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