I hate that to get to work i must drive my car in a

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passenger cars, all with one person in them, I get angry. I hate that to get to work, I must drive my car in, a five-passenger car with one passenger. It’s the actions in me that I hate and displace my hate unto others. This doesn’t mean that I’m not trying to car pool and change my habits of driving, but it disappoints me that it is a societal norm to which we all must comply. To make money and get to work, we must contribute to the fossil fuel burning practices of driving from place to place where I continue to build up these feelings of hate towards mine and others’ habits. Compassion for ourselves in others can also be seen with this example, because I have little compassion for myself in this situation. I am still apart of the problem and find little compassion for others who contribute as well, especially when driving to place to place can be avoided by either biking, walking or taking public transportation (when available). The little compassion I do have resides in what I stated above; to make a living, we must comply with the system and drive to work and have little flexibility within the structure of getting to work. It’s important to be very cautious of these tendencies to displace our feelings of hate and compassion of others, and look at the root causes of why we feel these ways. Can they be avoided or reconstructed? Projecting our feelings onto others can also be detrimental to making sturdy connections with other people if we let our judgments precede our relationships. To avoid this, communication is key; we can see how our feelings relate with others who experience similar or different incidents and work from the ground up.
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  • Spring '13
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  • Climate Change, person, Automobile, Environmental Degradation, same/general

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