But ... time has passed since I came up with the topic and my mind and experience have both traveled through a myriad of changes, landscapes both internal and external. And it has changed my priorities.
I no longer care as much about our feet of clay. That is like saying that gravity is universal. What I am more interested in, what I am developing compassion out of, is not our flaws, it is our good intent itself.
What? But, flaws and feet of clay is a universal statement of the human condition, right? Sure. And good intentions most assuredly are not, right? Ummm, not so quick.
People act badly quite often. They kill other people. They violate other people. Let's admit it, they are EVIL! How can anyone say their intentions are good?
Idealism is how. I will bet you that you cannot find a single person who, if you ask them at the time of an action whether it is justified or not that they will not, in their head at some level, think that it is not justified. They are doing what the situation calls for! It just so happens that if you are sick or crazy, your actions will indeed be sick or crazy, but at the time, you will think it is the justified action in the situation. Later, you may regret it or you may repent of your actions, BUT AT THE TIME ...
Primitive, don't you think? We so often are. But, coming from a primitive place, is our good intention not also a primitive thing? At that primitive, crude moment, is not "justified" the best good we will perceive? He violated me, it is good that I get revenge. I was cheated, therefore it is good that I am balancing that.
No, I'm not saying a good intention is necessarily a good thing. I'm just saying that out of the moment it may well be a universal thing.