Confrontations good or bad?

Many religions believe that we should be kind to everyone. How about the co-worker or employee who comes in late and works at minimum capacity? How can we talk to this kind of person without causing enmity from him? Should he not already know his deficiencies? Does this kind of person care? Yet, at the end we are the antagonist and end up defending our actions.

There was once an incident that caused great anxiety and turmoil in our religion. Apparently there was some confrontation with people opposed to the religion. Someone asked Oyasama (founder of religion) what to do.  She gave an answer that was surprising but true. She said that sometimes when we face evil, it is better to go around it, because if we face it directly, there may be dust (evil) that may attach to ourselves.  How true this is in daily life. For example, the incident about the co-worker occurred to me. I decided to confront this person and report him to the administration; but by going head on with the confrontation, anger arose in myself. Anger I believe arises from arrogance. Arrogance is one of the evils we try to avoid. At the end, the employee still works with the company, and I resigned.

In summary, sometimes we cannot force righteous behavior on others. Their resistance may cause evils to attach to our minds. Then what do we do?  I believe we have a duty to inform them of our observance, and suggest offering our assistance. But most important, we must pray so that God does eventually sweep evil from their minds.

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About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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