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Mindfully dealing with offensive/hurtful people?
I consider myself fairly new to Buddhism but am trying to follow the eightfold path. Constantly learning and dealing with new and old emotions and what it means for me to practice what the Buddha taught.
I am a huge animal lover, although admittedly I am not a vegetarian. I have tried and
ended up getting quite sick when I was in my teens. I am currently in my late 20s and have attempted again to adopt a mainly veg diet. So far so good. I am taking supplements and find it is easier now that I suppose my body has somewhat matured and perhaps evened itself out so to speak.
But this is not about me being a vegetarian.
My question to my fellow Buddhists is, how do you deal with people who make you angry and upset? With people who, for example, have no issues with abusing animals and make horrible comments about the welfare of animals. I have recently had a conversation
with someone who basically laughed me out when I indicated that our legislation should change surrounding the welfare of farmed animals and how they should be treated with respect and not made to live a life of pain and suffering in factory farms. I realize not
everyone can be a vegetarian and there are better and kinder ways to farm livestock. It has been done. I shared my opinion.
So, I have a difficult time dealing with people who have little compassion for other living things. I usually try to respond by providing information or alternative views on the issue but anger is not far behind. Especially when some people respond with cruel and unkind words or laugh at the thought of treating animals with respect. It doesn't offend me individually but makes my heart ache for the animals that meet the hands of people like this who have no second thoughts about abusing, maiming, kicking, etc...
How do you deal with people like that?
How do you deal with your own feelings of anger
and dislike (to say the least).
How would you deal with an animal abuser? Not just verbally but more importantly, physically? For example, if you were in a situation where someone was hurting another living being?
I'd love to hear some thoughts.