the following excerpt from a person’s notes seems timely…
…during the week long workshop (Home of the Heart) in Austria, at some point in time, the group went into an exchange with Kausthub on judging. Can’t remember how it all started, but a few key points stick out in my mind.
“what about the Catholic priests who abused young people”… even there, you can’t judge their acts. You don’t know their intentions. You were not there. We don’t even know it happened for sure.
Not sure if it was Sarah or Gill that asked “what about Kahlil Gibran? He supposedly was very violent and abusive to women”…It takes a very great evolved person to create the philosophical works he has created. We can’t judge the person just the acts. I am sure if we looked at the facts, it probably was not as it has been reported.
People in the group asked about a few more examples of know or reported stories of abuse and for each KD defended the person in question. He said all this looking down at the floor in front of him and finally ended the discussion saying that we can never judge the person, just the act.
The group continued to ask about what that meant, and he ended the session for a tea break.