Consistently becoming better beings
Often we mix up being strict and being consistent. We think consistent means we have to be harsh, controlling, (over)ruling others and unreasonably following some outerly imposed concepts.
In the Buddhadharma on the contrary, we learn that in order to develop ourselves and be of real benefit to others, too we first have to learn to be consistent. Only upon hearing it we often despise ourselves immediately of its deeper meaning. Then we mess it up with our perverted idea of strict and run. As far as we can.
For endless lifetimes we have cared for and developed our neurosis, our habitual patterns, our tendencies and perceptions.
Were we only able to apply the holy dharma with the same determination, fervor and stubbornness, wouldn’t the world be the nicest place of our dreams!