How could your classmate find Liberty Bell’s freedom, blindness notwithstanding, teacher asks.
Students raise their hands after a brief, reflective pause.
“She sees with her heart”, exclaims one student.
“She understands the Founding Father’s intentions”, says another.
“That all men, women, children, animals, plants & minerals
are created equal & have natural rights to exist.”
“Justice is to do what is right, so all should
be cared for, fed & have a safe, warm home”, says a shy one in back.
“Many have offered example, putting their lives on the line
in pursuit of justice for all”, states a boy.
“She does not see colors & form, as we do,
which frees her from making a discrimination
between herself & other things.
Not comparing herself to others
frees her from feeling she is better,
worse or the same as others”, replies another.
Teacher nods & smiles to the class’ insights.
Because you believe in a self, you compare that self with other selves. Out of it come the superiority complex, the inferiority complex, the equality complex. If you touch the truth of non-self in you, you are free. ~Thich Nhat Hanh