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  •  "The last stage is having the opportunity (2+ / 0-)
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    ramara, Batya the Toon

    (and motive) to commit the same sin again -- and refraining from doing so."

    I love this! It really ties in well with the Hindu idea of karma. Reliving the circumstances that led up to one's past mistakes, but this time not making them. So true and a much more healthy approach to "atonement" and redemption.

    •  It does rather, doesn't it? (2+ / 0-)
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      Eowyn9, Amber6541

      I never thought of it that way, but yes.

      The entire point of being allowed to make mistakes -- sometimes terrible mistakes -- is being allowed to learn from them and do better.

      •  I am a piano teacher, and I often tell my students (2+ / 0-)
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        Batya the Toon, Amber6541

        to not be afraid of mistakes. Getting things wrong is the only way to eventually get them right.

        Of course, when I go do my own Aikido practice (which I am still quite a beginner at), I am terribly hard on myself at even the slightest mistake, berating myself and going "Why can't I get this right???" Easier to preach acceptance of one's own mistakes, than to live it.

        •  Much easier. (2+ / 0-)
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          Eowyn9, Amber6541

          Which is a very good reason to have our holy books about our revered ancestors include their mistakes, rather than papering them over.

          We need to know that even the greatest people can fall into error and sin, sometimes by only the tiniest margins -- and that they can learn from either the natural consequences or the punishments that result from them, and become better for it.

          •  Yes, definitely - the story of David & Bathsheba (2+ / 0-)
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            Batya the Toon, Amber6541

            probably being the best example of this.

            It's very tempting, in general, for people to engage in hero-worship. Picking someone "amazing" to look up to and going "Oh wow, person X is so perfect/enlightened/spiritual/talented (etc). I could never be like that."

            As you say, a good counterbalance to this sort of tendency is to see stories about these heroes that show that, yes, they too had their dark side and their own internal battles, and that sometimes they did not come out on top. But they learned from it...or if they didn't, then worse things followed until they did...

            And that, if these "heroes" are "like us" in the bad respects, perhaps we are "like them" in the good respects as well...and we could all be equally amazing. Indeed, that we already are.

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