eindoofus wrote:I'm sure I'm thinking too far ahead having barely done Metta meditation, but how does Metta explain compassion for psychopaths? I know the thought of these types of people is going to creep into my mind as I move forward and I don't know how I will reconcile it. These types of people are genetically born with no empathy or remorse. I can feel compassion for someone who has gone off the path due to various reasons, but psychopaths are simply born as cold-blooded individuals.
One might even argue that they are born without a "heart", and yet their extremely happy being themselves. They'll probably be happier than many of us will ever be in this lifetime.
I recall reading a story of a CEO psychopath who took genuine joy in firing workers when the company had to downsize, since he viewed the act of firing as being fun. Not to mention the large quantity of serial killers who are psychopaths who never felt any remorse for their victims.
It's not just that life has led them astray, but they are born this way. How can someone feel compassion for this type of human being?
Aloka wrote:Hi eindoofus,
I think that perhaps non-referential compassion for all beings comes to us as a result of our continuing Dhamma practice, rather than just through analysis of what we perceive to be their positive and negative qualities.
with kind wishes,
perkele wrote:I'm quite sure you are just making it up.
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