The Reasonableness of Dominion

It occurred to me at various points yesterday that every one of my friends effortlessly reaffirms my faith in humanity. Moreover, each one of my friends inspires me to return the favor, not out of demand, but by example.

We are here not to use and abuse our fellows, to force them to submit to our superior will. Rather, we are here that the reasonableness of dominion might once again be known on earth. In this spirit, I came across this profound quote written not too long ago by a remarkable horseman, Colonel Alois Podhajsky, who served as director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna from 1939 to 1965:

Equestrian art, perhaps more than any other, is closely related to the wisdom of life. Many of the same principles may be applied as a line of conduct to follow. The horse teaches us self-control, constancy and the ability to understand what goes on in the mind and the feelings of another creature, qualities that are important throughout our lives. Moreover, from this relationship with his horse the rider will learn that only kindness and mutual understanding will bring about achievements of highest perfection.

6 thoughts on “The Reasonableness of Dominion

  1. Joy

    I love the spirit of kindness that is a constant with your blog Gregg. It is the kindness of the merciful, of the ones who strive to make the world a better place for their fellow men. It inspires reverent respect and thankfulness.

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  2. Chuck Reddick

    It seems that so many of today’s issues would be easily resolved (or perhaps not even issues) were kindness playing a predominant part of the equation. That to me is so much of what is missing from both our political and business culture, yet were it to be included I can only imagine what our world would look like today. However, we can each do something about it today can’t we! And I for one will make certain that kindness resides in my heart as I go about my daily living.

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  3. Steve V

    Your words bring to mind the words of the psalmist, “who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.” As our genuine concern is to provide a communion with all of life present in our world something of the highest perfection is known. Here is fulfillment and the increase of the dominion of reasonableness.

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  4. Lady Leo

    It is a beautiful quote! Kindness and mutual understanding are often a pinnacle for interrelatedness, they are building blocks for human creation, but better still they keep the atmosphere at a level where the Universe and the Omnipotent can participate as well. I think this is where the thought “…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” becomes a reality.

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