Compassion is a great blessing of God upon the mankind.

A compassionate person
is kind to every living being on the Earth. If we have compassion for others only then
others have compassion for us. A compassionate person is loved by everyone.
People don’t ignore his plight. When he is in need they try to help him in whatever
way they can in gratitude. People don’t want to lose a kind and compassionate
friend.
Therefore, people who are helped in their need must also help others in need with
responsibility.

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We live in a world which lacks compassion. The sad reality of humanity is that the
vast majority of people ignore the suffering of others. Perhaps they many turn a blind
eye to others for their own survival.

We often learn compassion only after we have suffered ourselves—perhaps
experiencing sickness, accident, illness, job loss, marriage breakdown, death of a
loved one, prejudice, discrimination, social scorn, bad luck etc.

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What is compassion? It has two components. First, compassion means to put
yourself in another person’s shoes, and ask yourself the following: What if I were that
person? How would I feel? So, compassion means to develop an awareness of the
suffering in another person.
Compassion has a second component. Once you have an awareness of the
suffering, you must respond appropriately. So compassion also means to
embrace the “Golden Rule”—treat others as you desire to be treated. “Never do
anything to others what you would not like them to do to you.”- (Confucius) If you
witness someone who is in pain, or requires assistance, or asks for help, you must
come to their aid, you must lend a hand, you must offer assistance.
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On a more general level, compassion means to have genuine concern for all of
humanity, not just your own tribe. It is my view that most people are compassionate
to members of their own family, such as spouse, and children, but are blind or
indifferent to the suffering of others, such as strangers.
Compassion also means to practise random acts of kindness and expect nothing
in return. For example, If you see someone on the street, and that person requests
some change, give it to them. Or give a donation to a worthy charity. Or donate your
forgotten clothing to Goodwill..
Finally, compassion means to believe in the dignity, respect, equality, justice
of everyone. It means to live peacefully and avoid engaging in violent behavior. We
can agree to disagree, and still live peacefully. For instance, I am apposed to the
wearing of the naqab at citizenship ceremonies in Canada, and have expressed my

I have witnessed first hand the lack of compassion by our public institutions. and in other parts of the world. wilful blindness to priests who were sexual deviants. During our recent election. Their suffering only ends the moment they take their last breathe. environmental disaster. country. poverty. but I have no intention of engaging in acts of prejudice or discrimination. incinerating innocent people.) *** . who spend more money.that I felt compelled to file a complaint against one doctor with the College of Physicians and Surgeons and another against two nurses at the College of Nurses. I witness the suffering in my city. For the past four years. The religious fundamentalism of Christians and Islamic extremists who express intolerance to anyone who doesn’t support their own narrow view of morality and faith. “It is your own fault. Their conduct was appalling. and more. or perusing content on the Internet. religious extremism. They are completely ignored by 99% of the people— who somehow believe these unfortunate and unlucky souls don’t deserve their support. *** Continually. such as Russia. His apathetic response cost him his job. Often when reading the paper. China. In my own city. how an American President made the decision to dropped atomic bombs on innocent people. the Catholic Church’s shoddy treatment of homosexuals. Sadly. this is fine with me. disease. it would seem that most strangers who pass the downtrodden blame the victim. opposing those who embrace same-sex marriage for love. how Islamic extremists steered planes into the Twin towers. famine. You are a lazy $^&& sod who doesn’t deserve my assistance. documenting the homeless sprawled out on the sidewalks and poor who beg for a handout. I read about and watched on television the indifference of Prime Minister Stephen Harper toward the refugee crisis in Syria. I’ve walked the streets of Toronto with my camera. Why should I share anything with you?” Over the year. This past March. I have witnessed the lack of compassion. time. so shocking—. These unfortunate souls suffer because of war.views to anyone who will listen. (I was told that the COPS receives 4. make note of how the Nazis treated the Jews. For instance. and that most of us turn a blind eye. or watching the news. It rarely is extinguished by the compassion of the Super Powers.000 complaints a year against doctors.” I work hard for my money. hatred. while mum descended into death at a particular hospital in Toronto. Most recently. I witnessed first hand the indifference by several of the nurses and a doctor to her suffering. I witnessed the general lack of compassion toward the elderly in our healthcare system. If a woman desires to wear the head-to-toe veil. effort on military hardware to defend the next enemy (real or imagined) than foreign aid to the poorest countries in the Third World. I am continually reminded by the reality that the vast majority of humanity is suffering. and the United States. I look back into history.

envy. individualism. hatred. such as survival. capitalist economy is that the corporation focuses on maximization of profits. Unfortunately. “the Lack of empathy is one of the most striking features of people with narcissistic personality disorder.Why is there a lack of compassion in the world? Tribalism. The person who suffers focuses on fulfilling basic needs. religious extremism. which desensitizes us to suffering and acts of violence. It must be learned. racism. there are . Living in a world focused on success. ” The narcissist in blind to the pain he or she inflicts on others. Unfortunately. The narcissist is unable to imagine walking in another person’s shoes. then post them to social media.” Where is the human touch? The sad reality of the free market. secularism. Popular culture also glorifies violence in video games and blockbuster movies. popular culture. Some people are narcissistic. doesn’t help the cause. fame. indifference. view of the world. Nor does the narcissist take the time to understand the other person’s perceptions. many people don’t learn to be compassionate. social Darwinism. the vast majority don’t. “The Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.500 jobs in Canada to increase dividends for shareholders. Popular Culture socializes the masses to be self-focused. My reaction: “Utter greed. *** How does a person begin to develop compassion? Karen Armstrong explains in her book. prejudice. greed. material possessions. Now. I read this morning that Telus is cutting 1. When people are suffering. me…. people learned how to be ethical and moral by attending church. I am not sure we are hardwired for compassion. individualism. In fact. revenge. too often at the expense of shattering personal lives. fortune. Traditionally. feelings. it is often impossible to feel compassion for others.” We must educate ourselves about what it means to be compassionate. Living in a secular society doesn’t help the cause to educate people on compassion. Living in a world where the corporation focuses on making maximum profit doesn’t help the cause. I have met more than a few. perhaps grieving a loss. some people in power have narcissistic personality traits. According to Psychology Today. the capitalist economy contribute to the general lack of compassion. such as killing. Purchase yourself a smartphone and take endless selfies.

death of loved ones. Charity begins at home. We must embrace the golden rule-Do not do to others what you would not like them to do to you. Instead we must strive to understand and befriend. We can Learn by watching film or television or the Web and by reading poetry. Jesus preached “Love your neighbor has yourself. In recent years. Don’t blame yourself for things you cannot control. country. (Not easy to do.” *** How I learned about compassion? My own suffering educated me on compassion. novels. Confucius. We must discard the tribalism mentality. newspaper. and only love can overcome hatred. This will only create hatred and the desire for revenge.) It’s best to ignore them. We must practise Random acts of kindness. which has provided both a definition and steps on how to live the compassionate life. we must embrace compassion as the highest of virtues. We must realize we don’t know everything. we must become aware of other people’s suffering. We must take action— help those who are suffering. Gandhi.” (page 182) The supreme test of compassion is to love your enemy. I’ve re-reading the New Testament and many books on Buddhism and spirituality. such as studying other religions or reading spiritual wisdom.” (page 188). . Jesus. discard the sense of moral superiority. financial problems. Each of us has a dark side. and the world.many ways. other religions. discard the ethnocentric view. community. Instead. and magazines. and that our way is not necessarily the best way. Martin Luther King. Karen Armstrong writes” Only goodness can drive out evil. We must develop empathy-–become aware of the suffering in the world. If you are secular. Instead we gaze at others who are different through our ethnocentric lens. friends. We must love your enemies. Be kind to yourself. In other words. Too often. How does family nourish you? Is there compassion in the workplace? Are your friends toxic? Do they embrace a similar moral code and compassionate view of humanity? We must develop compassion for ourselves. we fail to understand other cultures. such as job loss. offering help to anyone who crosses our path and is suffering. read about spirituality. Learn what Buddha. I read Karen Armstrong’s splendid book of wisdom—“The Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life”. “We must learn to see sorrow in our enemies. illness. Attending church as a boy and young adult also educated me on the importance of compassion. We must become mindful of the suffering in our families. other views and perceptions. We must look at our own world. and the Dalai Lama have to say about compassion. marriage breakdown. Mother Teresa. Recently. Her book ought to be required reading in both the public and Catholic schools. Don’t seek to defeat and humiliate them. We too often believe our way of life is superior.

I’m mindful to the suffering in my city. Poverty. It would seem that compassion doesn’t come easy for many people. material wealth. discover what it is that gives you pain. The world is drowning in suffering. It is difficult to be compassionate in a world where popular culture glorifies violence in video games and film.I also continually educate myself by visiting the http://www. As a student of history at university. Watching the news or reading the paper. It’s a website that offers numerous suggestions on how to develop spirituality—quotes. Famine. And like yourselves. to inflict that pain on anybody else. Collateral damage from drones dropping bombs. It is difficult to be in a world ruled too often by “corporations” that has no conscience. music to listen to. Every time. requesting pocket change for a cup of coffee or a meal.com/website on a regular basis. Karen Armstrong reminds us: “To become a compassionate human being is a lifelong project. fame. It is a struggle that will last until our dying hour. rugged individualism. I see the countless homeless on the street. I read about the horrors of humanity. we must continually work at living the compassionate life. I stroll with my camera taking street photos. films to see. ” Her best advice on developing compassion: “Look into your own heart. It is not achieved in an hour or day. and then refuse.Terrorism. books to read. It is difficult to be compassionate in a world focused on success. under any circumstances whatsoever. Genocide.” . It is difficult to be compassionate when you are suffering. And so. *** Human life without compassion is hell on earth– a state of war. Environmental disaster. Civil War. I’m aware of the suffering around the world. fortune. I witness to the suffering of humanity. art to view. different types of practise.spiritualityandpractice.