“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
- Pema ChödrönTweet It!
Compassion goes beyond just having pity for someone (sympathy) or even being able to feel someone else’s pain (empathy).
Compassion is when we sense such a pain and are motivated to actively alleviate it.
The Dalai Lama XIV notably said, “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”
I think he’s right.
It seems like we’re constantly bombarded with news of our differences — our political differences, our religious differences, our gender and racial and ethnic differences. Sometimes, it seems like these differences are insurmountable. But what if instead of focusing on what made us different, we sought instead to understand? To try to see if there’s pain behind the different views and, if so, to try to actively alleviate it?
If there was ever an opportunity to bring society forward, it would make sense for compassion to be the most effective tool for getting us there.
We’re in this together.
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