A noble soul (Yvonne Spence) from a certain corner of the globe started this chain sometime in the last quarter of 2014. Compassion. The only thing that can save the planet. Join this beautiful initiative and speak up for compassion. Over 1200 bloggers around the world have already joined in. All the posts in this series can be read here on this link.
Watch the video to know what this is all about.
Compassion by definition is the emotion that one feels in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. Compassion is really the act of going out of your way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another.
A few years ago, a young guy was passing by our lane. Suddenly he fell down on the road and started frothing from the mouth. The children of the locality who were playing there started shouting for help. The entire neighbourhood assembled and tried all they could to bring him back to senses. From sprinkling water on his face; to making him hold a key; to making him smell leather belts and shoes. By the time neighbourhood doctor arrived, he was up and walking.
Wasn’t that unconditional love for a fellow being? None of them knew who he was. None of them benefited by bringing him back to senses. But they did. And as they saw him walking out of the block, everyone was happy and content. In the whole process, the onlookers, especially the children, learnt what being compassionate means.
Today, innocent children are being slaughtered or gunned down, females being assaulted brutally, men killed for using their right to freedom of speech, teenagers pulling the trigger out of frustration…this and many more. Bloodshed all along. why are we so angry, frustrated, irritated and intolerant? Why do we not think before spitting venom, picking up sticks, pebbles, guns, bombs or showing off our self defense mechanisms? And after all this, we aren’t happy or content. We don’t need this. Neither you. Nor me. Do we?
We need to be compassionate towards our fellow beings. We need to be tolerant and mature enough to not ignite at the slightest remarks. Do not confuse compassion with feeling pity or sympathetic. Compassion comes from the heart. It is a genuine feeling you have for a person in pain. Many a times all the other person needs is a listening ear, a bear hug, or a pat at the back. If you can do so without judging them on the basis of their colour, caste, religion, nationality, economic status; you’re fulfilling half the purpose of your life.
I now leave you with this beautiful animal song from Savage Garden. This was what the firstborn shared with me when I told her last night that I will be publishing a post on Compassion today.
Anger … it’s a paralyzing emotion … you can’t get anything done. People sort of think it’s an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling — I don’t think it’s any of that — it’s helpless … it’s absence of control — and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers … and anger doesn’t provide any of that — I have no use for it whatsoever.”
[Interview with CBS radio host Don Swaim, September 15, 1987.]
~~~ Toni Morrison
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