I was watching the interview with Bashar al-Assad by Barbara Walters when suddenly I noticed my mind was beginning to change.
In my thoughts, I was attacking almost everything he was saying, judging his every move, and questioning his intentions.
I knew something was wrong however, because I usually don’t feel this way about Mr. Assad, and I usually never analyze things in such a negative way.
Normally, I do my best to discern the truth without any bias in order to be as objective as possible.
My ultimate goal is to determine what is the most JUST perspective, and that is the one I follow. Nothing is greater than the good of justice.
As I watched the interview however, I had a change of mind. I felt something happened to me internally, something spiritual. But it wasn’t good. It wasn’t a healthy feeling. It was as if my spirit was diluted with something, as if it were being suppressed by something.
I believe what was happening was my pride was getting the best of me. I was seeing through an egocentric perspective – that is, I was not thinking with a pure mind and listening with a pure heart. I was not looking for the good. I had forgotten the good.
At that very moment, I remembered something I once read by Plato. It was something like:
Ordinary men can’t help their forgetfulness. They can’t help the fact that they slip into states of impurity, evil, and ignorance. That is why they need leaders, intellectuals, philosophers. They need martyrs like Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, etc, etc, to remind them of the greater good which is so easily forgot; the greater good which is God.
And that’s when I turned back to the interview.
I pressed play, and listened closely.
Suddenly my heart changed.
Suddenly, I saw the good again.