I vividly remember a friend once tell me that she tried to read the Quran, but it was too “harsh”. She didn’t like how the tone or voice of the Quran was written as. I at first became offended, but then I thought deeper about it. Yes, It does seem a bit more stern than perhaps the Bible, but I liked it. Humanity still had not learned the lesson of establishing peace on earth for others after Moses or Jesus, and so the message is given more “urgently”. This doesn’t bother me.
I am a bit more of a serious person and while watching a marathon of Harry Potter movies, this past week, I noticed that the series is written and filmed in this way that I can relate to.
Some people didn’t like the Harry Potter series, or called it too dark and disturbing. The truth is that when dealing with evil and good, the reality is not always light hearted. Yes, there is pain and suffering and those that enjoy seeing it in others while they get some sick sort of gain or power. We see this in Voldemort’s character and his band of “death eaters, they are a sorry bunch bent on causing as much pain and chaos in the world of wizards, as they can.
What really made me think, was the idea of compassion that Harry Potter fought hard to finally bestow on Voldemort in the Order of the Phoenix. As he is able to go into the memories that he holds with his friends Hermione and Ron, and see he had love in his life, he is then able to scream that he pities Voldemort because he has no friends or love. Immediately Voldemort loses power over Harry’s body and is vanquished to return again in the next movie. Compassion at this point was a power and a defense against the “dark arts”.
So this made me deeply see compassion as not just a “nicety” we should have for others. It is a stern and fierce act of love. It is a powerful force of correction or to bring balance back into the world. I am not sure if compassion would work on someone robbing you at gun point, I haven’t been in that place or situation to try, but I can see compassion as a way to view those who act as an enemy to you-less in control. Having compassion for someone is not always just the “nice” thing, but it is the stronger choice out of hate and anger.
When Muhammad was told several times by Gabriel to not fight the Mecca leaders unless they fought him and his people for spreading new awareness, the angel was trying to give strength to the movement of Islam. Seeing your enemies in a new light of not having control over your actions and choosing to show compassion when direct self defense is not needed is a powerful tool for change. When you are mocked, bullied, ridiculed, harassed emotionally it may help to see the person doing the harm as someone who is “without” and they see you as a target for their anger, fear, and sadness.
Bullying and people trying to emotionally harm you will not go away. There are movements to bring awareness to bullying, but it is a byproduct of human nature when one person is trying to take energy that they subconsciously feel is missing. One way to disarm a bully or someone trying to get under your skin is to see them with compassion and pity the situation they are in, in order to cause them so much pain that they feel the need to hurt others.
This is hard work. I know. It took book and movie number five for Harry to get to this point of realization of Voldemort not having love and friendship ever in his life. When you see people for what they may lack in the moment when they are trying to gain from you, it may become a super power against their attacks. In the face of evil, goodness must always be stronger and take the higher road that the other would not take. It’s your role as a good person and as a servant of God to bring more compassion and love into this world. Having compassion is becoming the teacher to the student once you reach this point of awareness, and you never know who you may help find the light again.
Compassion is a part of love and it is a great weapon against evil.