The writer Robert Brault raises a possibly thorny issue about the times when there seems to be a decision between truth and kindness:
“Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.”
“When a friend needs consolation, nothing will keep so well until tomorrow as the truth.”
Will our mind or our heart lead us when we’re faced with this decision?
Our mind says it’s knows the “truth” and what is right and what is wrong. Perhaps that’s why justice is portrayed as blind, so as to be impartial to the heart’s knowing.
Our heart leads us to kindness and connection. Many Buddhists associate the boddhisatva Kwan Yin (also Guanyin) with compassion – “observing the sounds or cries of the world.”