“Habit is not nature.” ~ Gandhi, The Gita According to Gandhi, p. 187
If our nature is good, then why do we do things that harm ourselves and others? Because there is a difference between habit and nature. We might acquire a negative habit—of judgment rather than mercy; of condemnation rather than forgiveness; of self-centeredness instead of selfless action—over time, through repeated words, thoughts, and deeds. If we convince ourselves that our nature is selfish, it would seem to contain these qualities. But when we turn that image around we can see our habits and tendencies more clearly and begin to do something creative to redirect them closer toward our real nature.
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