Reminding Myself That Self-Righteousness Is Not Helpful

In search of a politics of wisdom and compassion, nurtured through mindfulness and lovingkindness

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Self-righteousness assumes that things “should” be happening differently. But they are happening the way they are happening.

Can we find ways to embody goodness and at the same time drop the righteousness, which is both corrosive and corrupting?

From Mindfulness for All: The Wisdom to Transform the World, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, published by Hachette. Copyright © 2019 by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is professor of medicine emeritus and the founder of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction).

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