THE ROOT OF WISDOM II
If you’d be wise, then you must cultivate
Compassion for all creatures, great and small,
For wisdom shows one over-arching trait,
A God-like generosity toward all.
Though sometimes you may face a paradox
And find you must be cruel to be kind,
Or act as subtly as a wily fox,
Do so, but keep your purity of mind,
For there are many ways one may betray
A trust or compromise integrity,
And lacking wary vigilance may stray
Beyond the limits of due sympathy.
It’s folly to forget all that we owe
To others’ loving kindness as we grow.