From the moment of my birth I have been sensitive to discomfort of any degree, and have from that very moment asserted my will to seek comfort as my preferred state of being.
From an early age I was sensitive to the suffering of other sentient beings. The cry of a stray dog in pain or suffering would have been such a discomfort to my inner being, that my own comfort would have depended upon the comfort of that dog.
I aspire to never lose my original mind which has always had such an aversion to discomfort that my own comfort depends upon the comfort of others.
I cannot help but believe that everyone is born with this same natural aversion to discomfort of any degree for self and others, yet I can only speak for myself in so affirming that such was the case for me.
In the words of the Confucian scholar Mencius (371-289BCE):
“All people have the mind which cannot bear to see the suffering of others”
“The good person is the one who does not lose his originally good child’s heart”